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09 June 2006 @ 03:21 pm
Poll on the climaxes of each of the books  
The poll I mentioned in my to-do list yesterday. Seemed like a good and interesting question...ooh, I think I'll actually make this post public and submit it to thedaily_snitch.

Poll #745146 The gripping factor in scenes at the end of each Harry Potter book

If you were reading each for the very first time, during which scene would it be the hardest to put the book down and do something else trivial, like going out with friends?

During the end of the first, when the trio are going down the trapdoor and everything that follows
2(1.2%)
During the second, when Harry and Ron have figured out the pipes and are going down the sink
5(3.0%)
During the third, with everything in the Shrieking Shack
35(20.8%)
During the fourth, with the graveyard scene
57(33.9%)
During the fifth, in the Ministry, but especially the Department of Mysteries
38(22.6%)
During the sixth, when Harry and Dumbledore are in the cave, but also everything that follows
31(18.5%)

Which would be the second-hardest?

The first
6(3.6%)
The second
14(8.3%)
The third
39(23.2%)
The fourth
37(22.0%)
The fifth
29(17.3%)
The sixth
43(25.6%)
 
 
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Mixedborder: knuckle-bitingmixedborder on June 10th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
My first thought was "oh, number three!" But it's not the part in the shrieking shack that had me riveted, but what happens afterward, with the Dementors and Sirius being captured and the time-turner 'n'all.
Katie: pointy stickorangepenguino on June 10th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
Here from the snitch--

Sunday afternoon after the sixth book came out I had church in the morning and a piano recital to attend in the afternoon. I was reading furiously in the car (while some else drove, obviously) and got to the end of Chapter Twenty-Seven - The Lightning-Struck Tower and had to go inside to watch the recital. I was nauseated the whole time -- I couldn't believe what had just happened had happened and I couldn't stand waiting. So, yeah. I said six. It almost killed me, it did.

(Actually what's great is my mom was driving (I'm in my 20s and my mother still occasionally drives me about) and was somewhat lost and kept trying to get me to help her with directions while I was reading the whole cave scene. I actually yelled, "I CAN'T HELP YOU! PEOPLE MIGHT BE DYING HERE!!!!" at her because I couldn't stand to stop reading.)
Nobody's laughing now: HP - Dumbledore-puff's lemonslavinialavender on June 10th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
Haha, I perfectly understand. I have a couple funny stories myself about the fourth and fifth books - for the fourth, it was released during a period of time when I had to go to my dad's house every day, and back to my mom's at night. My dad doesn't approve of Harry Potter, so I could only read it at night and a little in the mornings. I finished it in three nights, but the last day I actually had to stop, for twelve hours, in the middle of the graveyard scene. *shudders*

And then for the fifth, it came out the day my mom and stepfather were getting married. I made them go at midnight to get it anyway, and I stayed up for four hours reading; then I slept for four hours, before I had to get up for the hour-long drive to the beach house, and I read all before and after the ceremony. My parents also got those Harry Potter glasses at the bookstore, and took pictures wearing them in their wedding clothes.
TamerTerratamerterra on June 10th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Second, then fifth - all the others I did put down mid-scene. ^_^;;
kennahijjakennahijja on June 10th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Stumbled in via the d_s:

Of course I'd never have put down any of the books towards their ends (even though I threw HBP at the wall to scream at Dumbledore's death - but only for five minutes or so). But it would've been totally impossible with GoF, more than all others.