Like many others, I grew up with Harry Potter. It was read out loud to me as a child and I finished the series on my own, but it’s been several years (4 or 5 I believe) since I’ve read the entire series again and I’ve been craving some of the magicalness that is Harry Potter. So a few days ago, I picked up Sorcerer’s Stone again and flew through it. However, I don’t think I got quite the same experience as I did the other times I’ve read it.
Perhaps I’ve read it too many times and I just know the story too well? No, that’s not it.
It’s too short compared to the others. No, I don’t think that’s it either.
The thing that’s different this time is that I’m now much older and starting to reach my adult(ish) years. Don’t get me wrong, I love the books and it drives me mad when people call them children’s books, but (at least the first few) are targeted towards children. When Harry’s story starts he’s eleven years old and the story is told so someone who that is around Harry’s age can understand. The protagonist is young so the voice telling the story is also young.
I still loved getting back into the world of magic, but now that I know the entire story I start noticing little things that relate much farther along in the story. It’s so cool to see how much planning J. K. Rowling put in to her books and how many little tidbits she put in for fans like us to find. Over the next few weeks I plan on re-reading the entire series and I’ll post an update once I finish (or maybe half way?) to revisit my thoughts.
I’ve already finished Chamber of Secrets but my thoughts on that one are still the same. It’s definitely my least favorite, both the book and the movie. I’m not entirely sure why, but the second installment always disappoints me even thought it has some of the most important developments with the diary, the basilisk fang and the sword of Gryffindor.
However, now we’re onto Prisoner of Azkaban! This one is one of my favorites, right behind Goblet of Fire. Even throughout the first few books, I can already see the writing “grow up” as Harry grows up and I think that’s also what makes Harry Potter just as magical.
Let me now if you’ve re-read the series after reading them as a child! What did you think of them then vs now? What would you change about your reading experience? Favorite parts then vs now? What do you think of the voice of the books growing as the protagonist grows?