I watched the movie before I read the books and having only seen the movie I was at first completely lost as to why everyone was complaining about the Pullman series being anti-religious. That theme didn't really exist in the movie, or at least wasn't as glaringly obvious.
It was a pretty good movie. See, I can say that because I watched the movie first. The movie helped me make some interesting insights into the book by the mere fact that it was so different, but if I'd read the books before the movie I would've been too furious about them disney-fying the story to appreciate it.
It was a great book. I'm glad that the movie was done differently, because I still had the chance to be completely blown away by the ending of Book 1.
As far as Harry Potter goes, I always felt that the series went downhill after 4. Well technically I thought it went downhill after 3, but only because 3 was so awesome that it couldn't be topped. In all fairness, I probably haven't read the last 3 as slowly as I should have because I was too overpoweringly curious to know how it ended... I ought to reread the series.
I was quite sorrowed that Rowling didn't pull a complete twist or conspiracy together. The ending seemed ridiculously predictable--*SPOILERS ALERT* Snape was really a good guy all along, the last horcrux is Harry, and our favorite non-main characters are killed off. My grandmother had this great theory that Professor Mcgonagall was the real evil mastermind behind everything. It makes sense... She's always an impediment in some way under the guise of making sure everyone follows the rules, she's right up there where she can influence the good 'ol man Dumbledore, and her name is Minerva which fits into the idea that she is the patiently waiting wise one.
............................P(X|A) * P(A)
P(A|X) = -----------------------------------
...............P(X|A) * P(A) + P(X|~A) * P(~A)
If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?
~*L'Nox ti notve*~