Well after years of procrastinating and saying I was uninterested I FINALLY started reading Harry Potter.
My sister has read all of them, and asked if she did a job in Orlando again next year if I would want to come down to go to Disney and I asked if she’d rather go to Harry Potter World….
Which was a yes
I figured if we are going to go I should read the books. In telling my friend this, my friend who is one of the handful of Librarian I know, she Nerd shamed me that I had never read them – I started the next day.
Currently, I’m in the middle of the 5th book, I’ve taken the last week or so off because I needed a break after binge reading 1-4. in a both a months time. Here are my quick reviews of 1-4.
Harry Potter and Someone’s Stone:
A nice start book that is a quick read, mainly because it’s written for kids, but really does keep the pages turning and as an adult I was rather engaged. I saw the movie when it was in the theater, but couldn’t remember a lot of the details and the first few kind of all blended together in my mind.
Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets:
I really did not remember a lot of this one, so it was a fun read for me for the most part. The review of what happen and who was who got to be a bit much but I’m an adult and just finished the first one so the review wasn’t really needed for me. The build up the Tom Riddle elements made me even more excited to be reminded of what happens and the back story before Harry is even born.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I thought this was a later but and was surprised when it was the 3rd, from what I remembered it was darker and seemed a bit more scary that the others. Perhaps it was the brilliant “have you seen this wizard” posters with the yelling Gary Oldman that did it for me in the early 00’s. The book is pretty solid, I like the build up and the intensity that is created. It breaks the mold from the formulaic first two and lets you think one thing and has that great surprise in the howling house of what really has been going on. I love the charterers that are introduced, mainly Professor Lupins and Sirius himself .
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This was one of the movies I’ve seen the most, It was ABC family pretty often when I was in grad school, (aka when Twilight was huge). It seemed to take so much longer to relieve things that in the movie are done rather quickly and perhaps because I knew what was happening in this one more than the first 3 I was a bit more impatient to make my way to the big scene towards the end. It is also a bit crazy how this book like doubles to triples in length from the 3rd book, the jump is something that gave me a good work out carrying it around.
I read the first three paper back, the forth and fifth in hardback and have my sisters sixth and seventh in paperback again. I’m excited to get to the later books when I saw them with more time between them and don’t remember how everything works together.