In 2017, I had a blog on which I basically did what I do on this blog. I have rebranded since then. On that old blog, “Book Thoughts” was known as “Written Wandering,” and I wrote about my experience reading through the Harry Potter series for the very first time.
When I deleted that old blog, I saved all of those posts onto a document. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the exact dates they were posted, but I can tell you, the reading took about my entire spring and summer of 2017.
I spent a lot of time on these posts, and I hate to see them collect dust in a random folder on my computer. So, I’ll be posting them here each week, including the images I used for those original posts. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I’ll enoy rereading them.
Today, at stationary club, we made bookmarks. If you’ve never made a bookmark before, try it! It’s honestly such a simple and fun way to relax, and in the end, you get a bookmark. I decided to make a bookmark specifically for my newest reading endeavor: The Harry Potter Series.
Now, before you all start pointing your wands at me, let me explain.
Believe it or not, I was actually not an avid reader until fifth grade. Most avid readers I knew started reading when they were really young and read books super quickly.
I, on the other hand, was not. I tend to read very slowly even to this day, and I wasn’t really sure what kind of books I liked at that age. Essentially, I got a bit discouraged by the people who could read books in a day or two, because it’d take me much longer.
Fast forward a bit to middle school: I love reading and I do it a lot more often, but still not as quickly as most others. I also chose shorter books, because I didn’t take a lot of time out of my day to read. Frankly, reading was a pass-time, not a priority to me.
In 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came out in theaters. This was when I became aware of the series. I started noticing a lot of my friends reading the books, and everyone was talking about the movies.
Every Friday, my dad and I would go to our local Blockbuster. The young people reading this are probably extremely confused right now. To put it simply, Blockbuster is vintage Netflix.
Anyway, I remember one Friday, I decided to rent out the first Harry Potter movie to check it out. Now, for a kid, magic is pretty cool, so how could I not fall in love with this movie?
I was so excited to keep watching them and see what happened next.
So, why didn’t I just go to the books for the answers I wanted?
The short answer: I was lazy.
The movies were already coming out and the book series was so long and intimidating.
Each book just got thicker and thicker, and again, I used to read short books. Long books, for me, meant less time for other books, and I didn’t like that.
Another reason is that the Harry Potter universe was already in film form for me. I couldn’t imagine altering it with all the extra information I would get from the books.
Movies tend to be vastly different from the books. The last thing I wanted was to skew my view on this universe by adding more information.
I loved these movies. I didn’t want these books to ruin the movies. It sounds ridiculous, but that’s how I thought back then.
Six years after the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 came out, and I have yet to read these books.
For my birthday this year, I’m going to Florida, partly to see the grand opening of the Pandora park inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar (one of my favorite movies of all time) and to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I wasn’t planning to go to Harry Potter World until after I graduated college, but it seems fate has decided otherwise.
I have refused to buy any wands or Slytherin attire (yes, I am a Slytherin) because I wanted to buy it all at Harry Potter World.
I also refuse to enter that park without having read the books. It feels almost wrong to step through that world in person without reading the books, especially when J. K. Rowling is such an inspiration to me as a writer.
Her books deserve to be read.
I haven’t seen the movies in about two to three years. I’ve seen them multiple times, but I definitely don’t plan on re-watching them until after I’m done with the books.
I don’t know what to expect from the books. I’m not going to pretend I don’t know how the story ends, because I have seen the movies, but I will go in with an open mind.
Overall before-reading thoughts: I’m ready to finally read these books.
So, grab some Butterbeer and join me on this quest to visit the Literary World of Harry Potter for the very first time.