The story of an adolescent wizard named Harry Potter, along with his best friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, has taken over young adult literature for the last decade & then some. I am a bit ashamed to admit that I have yet to pick up these books. I promise to one day, though. In the mean time I thought I'd showcase a very dear friend of mine's portrayal of the books as she encounters Harry Potter for the first time. Please welcome Erin to GReads!
I used to roll my eyes so hard at Harry Potter fans that I’d almost puke from the vertigo. I proudly proclaimed myself to be the only middle school language arts teacher left that hadn’t read the series. Why, I wondered, would I waste my time reading a series that contained so little ROMANCE?! That didn’t contain an Edward/Jace/ Peeta/Po/Sam/Fuentes brother/Jacob and on and on and on… Blasphemy!
Oh, was I wrong…
Let me back up for a moment. Two friends play a very important role in this journey, and I need to introduce them. Kari is my friend who ridiculed (RIDDIKULUS!) HP with me (“Why would we read HP when he dies at the end of the first book?!” etc etc), and Corinne is my friend (and Kari’s sister-in-law) who is perhaps one of the most determined fans of the series I’ve ever encountered. Corinne decided that she wanted Kari and me to read the series so much that she was willing to read it to us via Skype once per week. I accepted the offer (how do you turn down something as heartfelt as that?) and thus the journey began.
I have to say, I was bored at first. I teach eighth graders, and so reading about the goings-on of 11-year-olds didn’t quite catch me at first. But then they went to Hogwarts. And ohhhh, do I want to go to Hogwarts. And Hogsmeade. And drink butterbeer. And eat sugar quills. Edible office supplies?! Dream come true!
I don’t think I’ve ever read a series (or maybe will ever read a series) that is so wonderfully written and detailed. It’s seamless. It’s enchanting. Each character is so fully developed and real that I feel like they are my friends, and I find them so endearing. I don’t miss the romance (much…I am only on book five. And I gasp and giggle every time Hermione and Ron argue) because my requisite romance is between the series and me. I’m truly in love with the books. I find myself reading more and more slowly to savor them because I know the end is in sight. (Insert Snooki-style WAHHHHH!)
Above all, the storyline is epic in the truest sense. Harry is a true-to-type literary hero but is unique in his likability and faults. I can’t wait to find out how it all ends, and yet I dread the finale. At least I still have the final movie to look forward to – and all of the random stuff that comes with the series. I love the Puppet Pals video, and with Kari’s Snape obsession, I have all sorts of (shudder) interesting photos to peruse.
Thank you, Ginger, for allowing me to guest blog. This was so fun! Maybe you’ll allow me back for a reflective piece once I finish the series? Love you!! :)
That WAS fun!! Thank you so much to Erin for being a guest blogger & giving us your thoughts on Harry Potter. Have you read the series?! I'd love to hear about your first journey with this famous wizard...