Hey everyone! Since I’m currently rereading the Harry Potter series for the first time in a DECADE (!), I thought it would be fun to blog some of my thoughts now that I’m returning to the books with an adult perspective 🙂
Obviously, these posts will potentially contain spoilers so please use caution if you haven’t read the series yet (though if you haven’t, where have you been?! Go read it and then come back!)
Omg it’s actually happening. I’m rereading Harry Potter! Please let it be as good as I remember.
This is very young in tone… I’m scared this was a terrible idea.
Some of this dialogue is a bit stilted!
I hope it’s a warm night, baby Harry will freeze on that doorstep!
Ok, I never fully comprehended how vile the Dursleys are… surely making him sleep in a cupboard and not buying him new glasses or clothes of his own is child abuse?!
It’s so interesting to see the differences between the books and the movies.
How can Quirrell shake Harry’s hand in the Leaky Cauldron?!
Hermione bragging on the train about having tried a few simple spells… but they’re not allowed to do magic outside of Hogwarts?
Does Snape know the crack with Quirrell and his turban?
They got detention for being out of bed at night – but the detention is taking place at 11pm? LOL
Thoughts Upon Finishing…
Ok, so it was a bit difficult at times to withhold my criticisms. I always praise Rowling on her foreshadowing but knowing that she’s so good at it causes me to question the tiniest inconsistencies! I don’t know if I’ve just forgotten things in the space of ten years.
I did feel like this book was very young in tone; but then, even reading the series in my younger years, I felt that this one was the most immature. Rowling’s writing becomes progressively more amazing and I can certainly make allowances for the quality of her debut.
I am just so thrilled to be back in this world. The amount of magical detail Rowling provides is truly stunning and her plots really are so clever. Knowing what is coming down the line, it is a joy to pick up on little hints that I missed as a child.
Rereading has also made me realise just how much is missed out of the movies (even the first one where you assume they got most of the details in). This book features some really great moments that I had forgotten about and which, sadly, are missing from the big screen.
Overall, while I am reading this more critically, I am trying hard to leave my reviewing hat OFF and just enjoy re-immersing myself in this magical world for the first time in ten years!
When was the last time you read Harry Potter? Did you pick up on any of the inconsistencies I mentioned?! x