Saturday, July 9, 2011

Harry Potter Take One

Thus starts my Harry Potter posts. I started re-reading the series on....Thursday I think it was. I've pretty much finished a book a day since then, and am almost done with the third. But I will reserve this post for the first, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Oh! It's also Harry Potter weekend on ABC family, so I've been watching the movies as well. I'm going to be all set for the movie next Friday. :)

Hopefully most people know what Harry Potter is about...if you don't, I'm pretty sure you've been living under a rock. Even if you haven't read the books or seen the movies, you've at least heard about Harry Potter. Being such a huge franchise, it's kind of hard not to. Anyway....I'll skip over the summary, though if you desperately want one, here is a chapter by chapter summary by sparknotes.

So I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back when I was in 6th grade. There isn't really a spectacular story to go along with it, I just started reading them. And I fell in love. Pretty much since then, I've been obsessed with the series, going to midnight book and movie releases. I even joined the Harry Potter Alliance chapter at Central, which is an awesome group and organization. I will do a post on it later for more explanation. But anyway...since I read Harry Potter for the first time, I've read it multiple other times. So many that I've kind of lost count. Some people think this is ridiculous, re-reading a book. But I don't seem how it's any different than re-watching your favorite movie or TV show. If you really, really like something, why wouldn't you read it again? That's my opinion anyway. I really, really like Harry Potter, so I don't really see a problem with reading it again.

Re-reading the series does make you realize how brilliant JK Rowling is. The way she set up the series, the way she weaves things into the plot, and the way she hides stuff in the novels that you don't realize are there until you read it a second or third time. People can say a lot of different things about JK Rowling, but they can't say that she's a bad writer. If she was, so many people wouldn't have read it, it wouldn't have become nearly as popular as it was today. Someday, I want to write something that people thoroughly enjoy. I want to write something that people will remember for years to come. JK Rowling did that, and when she published it, she definitely didn't realize quite how big it was going to get.

Coming up next: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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