I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling a few days before my eleventh birthday. My father gave it to me because, aside from the fact that I loved to read, he said that Harry Potter seemed to be popular at the moment and everybody was reading it. My favorites then were Nancy Drew and Full House, so fantasy was a genre outside of my comfort zone. Well, I loved the book, and since then, I’ve always waited excitedly for the next Harry Potter book to come out. (The first three have already been published when I started the series.)
My childhood and reading life consisted mostly of Harry Potter, and I loved the movies as much as I loved the books. I think the Harry Potter movie adaptations are the only movie adaptations I love completely — no disappointments whatsoever — even though scenes were omitted or changed entirely. While the books and the movies are basically the same story, I also see them as separate and different from each other and thus not to be compared (in a negative way) and, as for the movies, criticized. I’m a fan of not just the books but also the movies, actors, and author. I remember how one of my best friends and I loved exchanging pictures of the actors on floppy disks when we were younger (no CDs or USBs yet) as well as printing them out. Right now, I’m also taking the time to read Pottermore (I’ve been sorted to Ravenclaw, by the way), a website that has never failed to make me cheerful because I keep learning a lot about the wizarding world, and, well, I really want to know everything I can about Harry Potter.
Which brings me to my ultimate reason for re-reading the series. You see — and I need drumroll — I haven’t read the last installment yet. I know, I know, it’s been years since it was published! But I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. I still can’t accept that the books have already ended (although I’ve seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts one and two at the movies). I’m finding it hard to move on. This time, I am determined to finally read the last installment (for how can I know everything about Harry Potter and the wizarding world without having read them all?) but not before I read the first six books again.
Apart from re-reading the books, I’ve also decided to watch the corresponding movie adaptation right after each book. But since I’m such a slow reader, it didn’t happen. I’m already finished with the first four movies and about to watch the fifth, despite only having finished reading the first book yesterday. It’s fine though.
Originally, I was going to make my introduction and review of the first book just one post. But the introduction turned out to be longer than I imagined, so expect my Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone review to come soon!