Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Deathly Hallows

The journey is over! I have completed my first reread of the Harry Potter series in a decade. And it was every bit as magical as I hoped it would be. You know when you reread an old favourite after a really long time and it doesn’t hold up to the memory you have? Thank goodness that didn’t happen here.

If you’ve missed my reaction posts to the first six books, you can find them here:-

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Half-Blood Prince

And now it’s time to take a look at my reactions to rereading this final book!


Initial Thoughts…

It’s nearly over 😦

I know they add to the story but I can’t help getting a bit bored by the newspaper articles at the start – I just want to get back to the action!

Actually crying already.

I can’t cope, this book is brutal.

Hermione is bloody brilliant.

The trio sassing the minister is hilarious.

Every family has an Auntie Muriel.

I love the magical wedding! Such a nice scene.

Harry reading his mum’s letter hits me way too hard in the feels.

The argument between Harry and Remus never fails to make me uncomfortable.

The change in Kreacher is too cute.

This book is STRESSFUL.

Ron’s attitude is so upsetting.

Chapter 16, oh my heart.

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Bathilda freaks me out!

I love the Tale of the Three Brothers. It’s such a great addition to the story.

The radio show is very cool too.

The whole chapter at Malfoy Manor destroys me.

BRB, crying again.

Reading about Gringotts makes me so excited for the studio tour!!

Neville’s gran, what a badass.

Ghostly backstory, yasss.

Shit is going DOWN.

No no no no no no

“Not my daughter, you bitch!”

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

Honestly, I’m not surprised they had to make two movies out of this book because SO much happens. I feel breathless even typing out those reactions. This book is an exhilarating ride from start to finish (apart from those newspaper articles!)

I was worried that some of the emotion would have been lost in the ten years since I last read this book. But I needn’t have feared. I cried at least 3 times rereading this. The losses were still just as painful and the emotions still so raw, even with knowing what the outcomes would be. This was one of the first ‘proper’ books I read where significant characters were killed off and, to this day, it feels like those of us who grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione lost real friends in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Seriously, this story still blows my mind all these years later. The way Rowling ties everything together, the big reveal after all the clues she has been dropping for the last six books – it’s truly masterful. Yes, some of the magic is being steadily worn away these days as she goes back and tries to add in extra things but let’s ignore that, shall we? Taking the original seven-book series as a separate entity, I can honestly say that Harry Potter is a masterpiece and deserves to become ‘classic’ literature in the years to come. So many people have had their lives shaped by this story, myself included. I have no doubt that if I were to reread these books in another ten years, I would still find them just as magical.

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Well, I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my posts detailing my Harry Potter reread! I’ve had such fun putting them together. And now I’m so excited to be heading over to Watford on Monday for the studio tour!! I will post about my trip when I get back and share some pictures! x

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Half-Blood Prince

Time to reflect on my reread of the penultimate book in the Harry Potter series! Two weeks tomorrow, I’ll be flying to London for the studio tour!

Previous posts in this series can be found here:-

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Order of the Phoenix


Initial Thoughts…

I forgot how much I like this one! The opening scene is great.

I want a Pygmy Puff!

I wish Neville and Luna had a bit more faith in themselves, they break my heart.

I get so panicked when Harry is stuck in the train!

Rowling continues to astound me with her character and plot development.

The backstory! Gah.

Ron and Ginny arguing about snogging, hahaha

Oh my days, the angst is REAL.

The Christmas chapters are always sooo good.

Harry putting the minister in his place, yasss go on son.

Dumbledore is so sassy in this book.

Luna commentating on the Quidditch game gives me life.

Ron’s comedy is some of its best in this book.

The horcrux plot is honestly mind-blowing.

The room of requirement scene! The clues! The foreshadowing!

“I am not worried, Harry. I am with you.” Crying.

The end of this book is so dark and dramatic.

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

I vividly remember queuing in W.H.Smith to get this on release day. This series was such a formative influence in my youth and I am completely loving revisiting it.

I always think I don’t like this book as much as I do but it’s actually the movie that irritates me, because it leaves out so much awesome stuff and focuses mostly on the romantic angst! I think I disagree with the director’s choice to make the relationships as big a deal as the Voldemort plot haha.

Yet again, Rowling’s character development is superb and the way she leaves little clues of what is to come has made this such a rewarding series to revisit. Even if it does have me shouting at the pages trying to warn everybody!

I’m now so excited to complete this journey with the final book! Though I’m not ready to be emotionally destroyed…

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Where does this book rank for you? What are your thoughts on the movie adaptation? Let me know in the comments! x

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Order of the Phoenix

I’m powering towards the end of the Harry Potter series, in preparation for my visit to the studio tour at the end of June! I’m getting really excited to go there now that the story is fresh in my mind!

In case you’ve missed my previous posts documenting my first reread of Harry Potter in a decade, you can find them here:-

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

And now, onto book five! As always, I’ve tried to avoid major spoilers but beware of minor ones… 😉


Initial Thoughts…

I have to admit, this is one of my least favourites of the series.

So nice to see Lupin again!

Tonks is very cool. I vibe with her look a lot 😉

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I bloody love Sirius. He looks out for Harry so well.

Molly and Sirius arguing makes me so uncomfortable.

Dumbledore saying he doesn’t want to be taken off the chocolate frog cards cracks me up.

I forgot Sirius and Tonks were related!

The old junk when they’re clearing out the house!! The foreshadowing here!!

Ron and Hermione being made prefects – LOL

Mrs Weasley facing the boggart is just so sad.

As if we’re only just meeting Luna?!

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And bowtruckles! I love seeing all of these fantastic beasts!

Hermione is actually quite mean to Luna and I don’t like it.

What Umbridge does to Harry is legit TORTURE. What a hag.

Percy is a d**k.

Dobby wearing a million hats, omg, he’s too funny

I have a lot of angry feelings about people in this book!

I could have cried when Umbridge inspected Hagrid’s lesson.

The scene in St Mungo’s is heartbreaking!

Exam stress is a MOOD.

Chapter 35 is so stressful and devastating, what an emotional rollercoaster.

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

As you can see from my initial reading reactions, I had a lot of strong emotional responses to this book! Rereading this one has reminded me why it is one of my least favourites in the series; significant plot events notwithstanding, I have a lot of negative feelings towards a lot of characters in this book. I just didn’t really like the way it made me feel at times.

Don’t get me wrong, though. It’s Harry Potter, so I still love it. It just ranks less highly when I put the books in order of preference!

J. K. Rowling is a master of her craft when it comes to plot arcs and foreshadowing, and I just adore the development of this series even if this instalment upsets me at times. I honestly can’t cope with that ending!

Moving straight on to book six, which I’m very excited to reread!

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What are your thoughts on the fifth Harry Potter? Let me know in the comments x

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Goblet of Fire

Hey everyone! I’ve been continuing my first reread of the Harry Potter series in a decade and I’m enjoying documenting my thoughts and reactions. Please proceed with caution as there will be some spoilers in this post!

If you missed my previous posts, you can find them here:-

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Initial Thoughts…

This is already so much darker than the previous books, I love it.

Voldemort’s servants should “give their right hand”, should they? Hehehehe

I love that Harry gets letters delivered by tropical birds instead of owls.

Honestly, the build-up to the Quidditch World Cup is so much more interesting than the game itself, am I right?!

Winky breaks my heart!

I think I have a bit of a bookish crush on Bill Weasley, please tell me I’m not the only one?

The ‘mundane’ details about lessons at Hogwarts are some of my favourite bits of this series.

“Harry, did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?” CALMLY. Dumbledore asked CALMLY.

Snape is so awful to Hermione, omg.

I would actually slap Rita Skeeter.

Hedwig is one of the best animal sidekicks in any book, ever.

Krum has a Gregorovitch wand? Ooooh.

Dumbledore finding the room full of chamber pots when he needs the toilet during the night – is this the Room of Requirement?! Honestly, Rowling’s foreshadowing blows me away.

As if we’re only just discovering that Hagrid is half giant? I kind of took it for granted that we just always knew that.

And Dobby gives Harry the gillyweed? I forgot they changed that in the movie.

There’s so much backstory we don’t get in the movies!

Omg Nifflers. Heart eyes.

So sad about Neville’s parents 😦

It warms my heart when Mrs Weasley and Bill turn up in place of Harry’s family.

Guys, this book is DAAAARK.

Man, Voldemort likes the sound of his own voice.

I forgot that it was Fawkes who provided the tail feathers for the two wands!

Dumbledore’s speech at the end is so sad 😦

“What’s coming is coming and we’ll meet it when it does” – I love this quote.

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

So as you can see, I had quite a lot of thoughts on this one! Though I suppose it helps that the book is so much longer than any of the first three.

This book is where the plot arc of the series is really starting to ramp up. Right from the start of this one, you can feel that things are much darker and it is so awful to know that not everyone is going to survive. I remember being so shocked reading this as a child that Rowling would kill off her characters; it wasn’t something I’d ever seen before.

The characters develop wonderfully in this instalment and Rowling does a great job of capturing the teenage angst that would have accompanied all of those hormones! Her portrayal of the struggles of puberty is very nuanced. Even though I’m no longer experiencing these things along with the trio, I was still feeling all the empathy for them.

Once again, I absolutely loved this book (perhaps even more than I remembered) and I give it all the stars. And now I’m bracing myself for the heartache to come in book five…

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What are your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Is it one of your favourites in the series? Anyone else a fan of Bill Weasley?! x

 

 

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Hi everyone! You may remember that towards the end of last year, I began a reread of the Harry Potter series, my first in 10 years in fact! I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts reacting to the books from an adult perspective. As always, I’ve tried to keep this as spoiler-free as possible but do proceed with caution as your idea of spoilers might be different from mine.

If you missed the first two posts, you can find my reactions to Philosopher’s Stone here and Chamber of Secrets here.


Initial Thoughts…

So bloody excited. This is my favourite book in the series. I used to take it EVERYWHERE with me.

When Harry feels like he is being watched, it’s actually a little bit creepy.

The world-building in this book is phenomenal.

I really love the darker feel to this book.

The dementors are honestly one of the creepiest monster creations in any book EVER.

I love Hermione’s reaction to divination classes. LOL

Lupin’s Defence Against the Dark Arts lessons sounds absolutely amazing. Also, I forgot how much I love him.

Can you imagine if every case of depression in our world was caused by dementors that we’re unable to see?!

The twists towards the end of this book are WILD, I just love where Rowling takes this story.

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

Wow. I always talk about this as my favourite book in the Harry Potter series and one of my favourite books EVER but I had forgotten just how flipping amazing it is. You know when you call something a favourite for so long that you start to take it for granted? That’s what happened to me with this book.

I seriously love that this is the point when the series starts to get WAY darker and acquires a much more mature feel. The new characters introduced are some of my absolute favourites; I had forgotten how much love I have for Sirius and Remus.

Even the more mundane stuff in this book, like the descriptions of lessons or Quidditch matches, is so much more exciting to read than it was in the first two books. This is the book that made my childhood self lament not getting a Hogwarts letter.

It was fantastic to revisit this book and remember what I love about it, and I cannot wait to carry on with my series reread!

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Which is your favourite Harry Potter book and why? Let me know in the comments! 

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Chamber of Secrets

Hey everyone! I’m continuing my reread of the Harry Potter series and today, I’m bringing you my thoughts on book two: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! Once again, please proceed with caution as there may be some spoilers in this post…


Initial Thoughts…

Oh wow. I was only 5 when this book came out!

The Dursleys are actually vile.

I forgot how much amazing stuff was in this book! Dobby, the flying car, the Whomping Willow, the mandrakes…

Love getting to see more of Mr and Mrs Weasley!

Aah I remember de-gnoming the garden in the playstation game, it was great fun!

Lockhart really is ridiculous.

Ugh the deathday party, I always found this bit boring.

I laughed far too hard when Lockhart said “I remember something very similar happening in Ouagadougou”!

Surely it would have made sense to find out the way to the Slytherin common room before taking the Polyjuice potion? Then they wouldn’t have wasted so much time?

Really though, I love Hogwarts but what kind of school would stay open when kids are being attacked left, right and centre?!

I didn’t find the spiders nearly as creepy when I was younger… *shudders*

Nothing will ever be as mind-blowing as that twist at the end.

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Thoughts Upon Finishing…

I always say that this is my least favourite book in the series. I think it’s because it’s in that in between stage of still setting up the world and not yet being into the full swing of the overarching plot. Even so, there are so many amazing things that are introduced in this book! Some seriously awesome details.

And it’s the start of the backstory! Rowling’s foreshadowing is sublime and her overarching plot is really so clever. I obviously never recognised it when I was younger but when you know what’s coming down the line, it’s fascinating to see the clues Rowling laid right back at this early stage. Like, she actually comes out and tells you what’s going to happen in the last book but you don’t recognise it because it’s hiding in plain sight. 

Plus, this is the book that gives us Dobby. So damn precious. I can’t wait for more of the house elves. I also love that this book continues to show Hermione’s worth; seriously, Harry would get nowhere without this girl. As amazing as her character is in the films, she is even better in the books. I love her character growth. 

I can’t wait to read book three (my favourite!)

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What are your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? x

Harry Potter 10 Years On: The Philosopher’s Stone

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!)


Initial Reactions…

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

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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!

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When was the last time you read Harry Potter? Did you pick up on any of the inconsistencies I mentioned?! x