OK I'll admit it I'm a HUGE Harry Potter (HP) fan! And I'm proud of it:) I jumped on the bandwagon in 2001 when I was an unemployed college graduate living in Brookline spending my days at the Brookline library looking for jobs. One day I went to the children's section and took out the first HP book. Two days later I had returned it and was taking out the 2nd and 3rd book. I was officially hooked waiting each year for the next one to come out.
Well, with the 7th and final installment debuting at the end of July I wanted to catch up on HP so that I could be prepared to dive right in. So basically what I'm saying is that the past month of my life has been dedicated to re-experiencing Harry Potter!
I re-watched the first movie, since it was the only one I had seen and I had seen it years ago. Then I proceeded to watch HP 2, 3, and 4 (thank you Netflix!) so that I could go see the 5th HP movie with my friend Shion after work one night. After seeing the 5th movie I decided to re-read the 6th HP book so that it would be fresh in my mind. It was just as good the 2nd time around!
Lastly, during our week on Cape Cod I read the 7th and final installment of the Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was a true journey. I wasn't able to read anything for 4 days (which for me is eternity) because I didn't want to truly leave that world and head back to the real world. In the end I have to say that this series is totally worth reading & renting if you haven't already! I can't wait for the 6th and 7th movies to come out in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
I think it's amazing what this book has done. Throughout the years as the internet becomes more widely used for everything, people every now and again question whether or not reading books will become obsolete. I think the HP series shows that if you write a good, captivating story, especially one that can be read by children and adults alike, books will never become obsolete. This book in it's opening weekend back in July sold more copies that the HP5 movie sold tickets. That's amazing! My question is do we think that J.K. Rowling can do it again? I hope so - because I would certainly love to escape into another world that she's created.
This is kind of a random post...but the HP books and movies have so consumed me for the past month that I only thought it fair to share...