We can miss a lot of things in life, including the proverbial “boat.” After all, there are so many things to do, people to meet and places to see, and it’s impossible to be aware of or actually do it all when it’s timely, right? Well, one big train I happened to catch when the timing was right, having walked through the barrier onto Platform 9 3/4, was none other than the Hogwarts Express, and OH, it’s taken me on the most unforgettable ride!
When Sheila of Book Journey announced her hosting a Harry Potter ReRead-a-long, I couldn’t resist, regardless of how little time I had to add “pressure” reading to my life. The thing is, though the page count is sometimes hard for me to achieve in my time frame, there’s nothing about the actual reading of this series that is a burden. For me it is a joy 🙂
In revisiting the first book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this time around, having read the series 3 times already I hadn’t expected to have a couple things become even more clear. It reminds me of how it is when I put a manuscript aside for a long while, then go back to it with fresh eyes and pick up on things I hadn’t noticed before. There’s this feeling of elation that comes from such discovery!
Along with the magical world J. K. Rowling created, the thing I enjoy the most about reading the first book in the series is that it’s when we first “meet” Harry and the main characters we ultimately come to know and love—and even despise. The books were written so well that now, even knowing everything that’s to come, the scenes still conjure the intended emotions, from happiness to sadness (even more so, knowing what’s coming!), and even tension. I find this more than impressive, as is everything about what this brilliant author created.
In honor of the ReRead-a-long and the 54 participants (as of this posting), I am contributing the first of many WONderful prizes being awarded. Now, upon the completion of “Sorcerer’s Stone,” some lucky winner will receive 7 “Harry Potter” bookmarks; four feature the ReRead-a-long’s Hogwarts “House” logos, and the other three don my Harry Potter artwork.
Registration’s open ’til the end of December, so if you want to join us on this magical ride, just hop on this Nimbus 2000 and fill out the form!
I am now well into reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, finding myself glad to once again be on the Hogwarts Express 🙂
Have any of you read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? I know most people fall in love with the books, but there are some readers who didn’t quite “click” with the first one so put the series aside, and plenty of people who’ve never attempted the books. I’d love to hear where you stand and why 🙂
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- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The PHOENIX: No Ordinary Bird…
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The Half-Blood Prince: A ROYAL READ
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: An Unforgettable, “HALLOWED” Conclusion