Reading the Harry Potter series for the First Time

Reading the Harry Potter series for the First Time

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! I'm about 10 years late to the game, but I finally started reading the Harry Potter series. So, without further ado, let's get into it!

As someone who majored in English I feel like having never read Harry Potter is a crime. How could I have made it this far without doing so? I watched all the movies, but as we all know the books are always better.

To be honest, I don't even know what spurred this to happen. At the beginning of this year, I randomly got the urge to watch the Chamber of Secrets. This being one of my favorite movies of the franchise. One thing led to another, and I just decided to go for. I think the one real driving point, was that the first two books were free on Kindle because they're apart of prime reading. But only the first two, the rest are about $9.99. From book three on, I used physical copies. My mom has this series, and it made sense to just borrow the rest of the books from her.

At the time that I'm writing this, I have not finished the series. I'm only on book five, Order of the Phoenix. When I started, I had done no prior research. I couldn't remember what a lot of my friends had said back in the day when they read the series.

Books 1-3 were really different than what I expected. I didn't realize how simple of a read it was. I flew through the first three books. The writing, the plot, the sequence of events are so easy to follow and so simply written.

It isn't until book four, Goblet of Fire, where things really take a turn. This book is 350+ pages longer than the first three. The writing is also a lot more elevated. There's much more detail to the things she's writing about. It also took me twice as long to work through it than the other ones. Books 5-7 are also much longer than the first three. I chalk it up to JK Rowling just growing with her audience as she was writing the series.

I've been watching the movies with my fiancé since he has never seen them, and its been really fun to read the books and see what was cut out for the movie. Like I said, the second half of the series are huge books. Not all of that can fit even in a 2 1/2 hour movie.

Even though, I'm years late to my Harry Potter phase, its better late than never. I'm so excited to finish the series. Part of my reading goal this year is to read books that I've been pushing off. Instead of a TBR I refer to it as a bucket list. I also want to read a Stephen King Novel, but maybe once I'm done with Harry Potter.

I think this series is a classic, and will definitely be something that I revisit from time to time.

Alright folks that's all for this week! Come back next Wednesday for another blog post! As always, thank you for reading :)