Welcome to the first Novel Nook post, these will be short posts all about my thoughts about books I have read.
Alright, so I had never read Harry Potter until this year. I know, I know, how could I have gone this long without reading it? Well, I’m going to blame my amazing and wonderful Mother. My eldest brother read the books when they first came out, and being five years younger than him, my mom thought I was too young to read them (Even though they were written for my age range). When I was a little older, I was able to read them but had very little interest because my brother was so excited about the movies coming out that he made us all watch them with him. I already knew the story, so I really didn’t think I would enjoy the book. How mistaken I was! So, fastforward about ten years. I am in college and one of my best friends is obsessed with Harry Potter. After many conversations, I was pursaded to read this many paged series. Maybe I should use a different word than “read”, I listened to the audiobooks of Harry Potter (as I has mentioned in my audiobook post). I don’t have a ton of time to sit and read anything other than textbooks. So, I listen to the books on the way to class, driving home, and driving to and from work. I found it really relaxing, especially when riding to work, because it distracted me from time, traffic or other things. Now that the backstory is out of the way, on to the books:
This world is magical, and not just because its a wizarding world. It is completely mesmerizing and captivating! I am almost a decade older than the age range for this book and I still found it just as entertaining as a preteen would. Not only is it entertaining but also relatable. Never in a million years would I say that the Harry Potter movies would be applicable to my life, I don’t have any magical powers, dead parents or extremely evil enemies. But the books show more of the characters, both their characteristic and development. I found myself identifying with at least a part of a character or a problem that they struggled with. These books read a lot easier and faster than I thought they would. My audible account told me that I read 97.75 hours of Harry Potter. That’s equivalent to about 4 days of just Harry Potter reading! So this is a long series, but so worth the time it takes to read it.
I would say things that I think should have been included in the movies: 1. Peeves, he is actually funny when he’s not obnoxious 2. More Ginny, her character is thousands of times better in the books! And 3. The story of James, Sirious and Lupin was basically touched on in the movies. The books give so much more emotion in all the events that happen from Harry finding out he’s a wizard to him witnessing Dumbledor’s death. These books are very worth reading and I would recommend them to anyone! I am just so sad it took me so long to read them.