I just finished the COMPLETE series of Harry Potter again a couple weeks ago, and all I can say is WOW!!
After the sad news of the passing of Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) in January, I made it a goal to re-read the entire Harry Potter series AND watch the movies! It's a commitment, yes, but I needed some fantasy in my life. What I wasn't prepared for was how invested I would become in the characters and stories again.
I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at the beginning of March, and after the first 50 pages I quickly remembered why I loved the books so much! This was the first time re-reading them all since they first came out dating all the way back to 2001--15 years it had been since I turned the page of JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book! And for those of you who are curious, I was 12-13 when the first book came out!
The imagination of a 12-year old vs a 27-year old are considerably different. Not only did I understand the book, characters and plot line more at this age, but my imagination was running a million more miles a minute while reading the series. It was then that I became truly invested in each and every single character--probably more than I should have considering how mad and sad I was throughout the series when characters died!
SPOILER ALERT BELOW!!! STOP READING IF YOU DON'T WANT THE SERIES RUINED FOR YOU!
First off, WHY would you kill Dobby? He's just a house elf who lives and breathes to do anything for Harry Potter and his friends. Tears and anger. LOTS of tears and anger. I actually threw my book aside in anger after I read of Dobby's death. I needed a few moments/hours to process that.
Second, Sirius?? Not only did Harry lose his parents but you need him to lose his Godfather, too? Poor Harry! And Sirius was a straight up BADASS, so it's just depressing he died, and by Bellatrix Lestrange--Sorry, but that girl needs a definite blow out!
And finally, Dumbledore. Like, honestly, the Headmaster of Hogwarts needed to die, too? Ugghhhh JK Rowling, you sure know how to pull at the heartstrings. Dumbledore always had such good wisdom and insight, too. I remember when I read The Half-Blood Prince when it came out, and when Dumbledore died, I cried. I knew it was coming this time, but it still felt like I was mourning with all of Hogwarts, too.
I understand that all of these characters needed to die for a reason, but man, after getting so invested in them it's not easy when they are killed. RIP Dumbledore. D.A. for life!
J.K. Rowling, there's a reason you are a multi-millionaire. This series is one that will forever be passed down for decades to come!
Next up on my list: Harry Potter World at Universal Studios!! If I win the lottery, that's a top destination on my list--nerd alert, I know! I don't care!
I could blog about Harry Potter forever, so I'll cut it short. For those of you who are skeptical about reading Harry Potter or even watching the films, give them a chance. You won't be disappointed and plus, you're experiencing literature history!
I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from J.K. Rowling:
"Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."
HP FOR LIFE!