Here we go! The series reread that I’ve been anticipating the most this year. Was it everything I’d hoped it would be? Yes and no. It opened my eyes to a lot of things. Was it a bad reread? Of course not. I love this series. Simply that I didn’t realize how much I remembered the books through the lens of the movies. Even when I constantly say what the movies did wrong.
It was surprising.
How many people, by this point, know how much I love Harry Potter? What if I told you that it isn’t even my favorite series? It’s not actually. It’s Unwind by Neil Shusterman. However I do love Harry Potter. I love it with so much of who I am and what I am, but it has been forever since I last read all the books. Books 5 and 6 are my favorite, with it changing between which of the two comes out on top for each reread. Lets see which one it is! I’m betting six, probably. I have no actual idea. This is going to be a lot of fun to reread and I’m expecting it to take time, but its the last of the major series I have to read before I go to the wedding at the end of the month. Thats a good sign for me.
Let’s do this!
While reading HP1, I realized just how differently I remembered the books because of the movies. It was at that point that I knew I needed to do what I always do when I’ve seen movie adaptations, and forget it all. I did realize, as well, that there were some minor book pet peeves I saw while reading HP1, which was surprising to me. By book 4 I remembered why I loved the latter half of the series. Book 5’s end half was why I loved that book and when I got to six… oh, when I got to six. I’ve always claimed 5 and 6 as my favorite. 5, because I memorized the prophecy as the little nerd that I was and loved how it could have been Neville. 6? Well potions, and Snape as DADA prof, Horcruxes, Tom Riddle’s life more so, Lily and Snape’s childhood, all of the darkness, and the mystery of the half-blood prince. Yes, six is my favorite hands down, thank you. Book 7 was just as fast paced, dark, angsty, and blood ridden as I remember.
I will say that this series really made me want to create a whole collection of potions, because… why not? I also want an entire collection of the books that are in the series, for my own Harry Potter Library. I don’t need the wands, or the items, or the other cool things from the world (or most of them), but I do need. I need a book library that is of the books and prop books for the series. Please send help. I don’t have the money for that.
I do have to say my memory of the movies really did cloud the actual events of the books. And I thought I knew what happens in the books. Well I do remember it now. Regardless, I fell in love with the series again. Just as I feared I would. I fell in love, fell for the magic, and now… Now I’m going to give you the reading times and stop gushing about the series, because someone needs to stop me.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Reading Day 1) 1hr 32min
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Reading Day 1) 1hr 37min
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Day 2) 2hrs
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Day 3) 3hrs 40min
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Day 4) 5hrs 30min
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Day 5) 3hrs 15min
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Day 6) 4hrs
TOTAL TIME TAKEN: 6 Days 20hrs 2min
TOTAL READING TIME: 20hrs 2min