I don’t know why I never got into the Harry Potter series ever before. My sister has been obsessed with the series for years and has read it over and over again, and come to think of it I might have said all of this before back when I read and reviewed the first two Harry Potter books, which I also read on whims some years ago, but I never finished the series.
Shortly after Christmas I borrowed the whole series of movies from Kayla (I had never seen past the Goblet of Fire) and I watched them all through the Order of the Phoenix and then stopped because I had no freaking idea what was going on in the movie. Like, at all. It was weird and confusing and made no sense and made me feel sort of dumb for not understanding it.
I consulted with a few die hard Harry Potter fans and I was told quite simply that I just wouldn’t understand the last few movies if I didn’t read the books because so much more happens in the books that they didn’t put into the movies. So much stuff happens that they can’t put in the movies, is actually what I was told, so that is intriguing.
I love the story. The premise. I think JK Rowling is a genius just for creating her own wizarding world and delivering to young readers, who I think more than any other age group NEED to have good stories like this. If kids are going to get into reading and become life long readers, they need to be captured by their imaginations and then beaten over the head with fantastical tales.
So yeah, I just don’t know why I never got into the series. Maybe it’s because I tend to stay away from books that have what is, in my opinion, too much hype around them. That’s why it took me years and years to read The Time Travelers Wife, because that damn book was shoved in my face, front and center, in ever store I went into, and then it got its new movie cover and all THAT hype around it… I just didn’t think that my tastes would be into something that so many other people were into, you know, some LOVE STORY. But then, of course, it turns out that The Time Travelers Wife is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read.
I loved Prisoner of Azkaban. I blew through it in a single day and barely put it down or did anything yesterday but read, and then as soon as I finished it I started reading the next book in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I am a quarter through that whopper, too.
The story is GREAT! And I am loving how the entire thing was done, how the kids started at Hogwarts so young and that in every book they grow more older and mature, so kids can really come of age while reading them.
When I was a kid, I remember going up to my family’s house in Vermont, and my Uncle Rob was reading the first Harry Potter book aloud every night to my cousin Matt, and back then I turned up my nose to a story about wizards and I didn’t get into it. Now though, I think it would be a wonderful thing to start reading with Elise in a few years, I think she will really love them.
I am going to read and relax for the rest of the night because tomorrow I have a lot of work to do for the bookstore, and I am attending my first writing workshop there tomorrow night, so that should make for some good fodder.