I read the first book in the Harry Potter series in 2001, when I was a senior in high school. The first movie was about to come out and I'd been ignoring the series because of the hype. I finally read it because I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. 300 pages later I was completely hooked and in a week I'd read all the other books that were out at that time. For the final 3 books I pre-ordered each one and read them as soon as I had them in my hands.
There is so much to love about the series. Rowling created a new world where wizardry made just about anything possible. She also created characters that you care deeply about. Some of my all-time favorites, like Dumbledore, come from the series. She balanced a good vs. evil plot with the drama that comes out of regular life. There are family problems, bullying, sibling rivalries, homework, sports teams, first crushes, etc. all while our favorite trio battles bad guys.
So as worldwide Harry Potter love culminates this summer, when the final movie is released, I will be re-reading all seven books. I'm sure I will re-read them in the future, but this does feel like an era is truly coming to an end. Daemon Books is hosting a read-along and here are the details if you want to join...
The Books and Schedule:
1. January 1-31: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
2. February 1-28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. March 1-31: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. April 1-30: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. May 1-31: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. June 1-30: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. July 1 – August 31: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Note: The last book will be read over two months in case some people (me included) would like to see the final movie before re-reading the book.
How To Participate Each month:
Step 1: Read the assigned book for that month (see schedule above)
Step 2: Write a review or opinion piece about the book on your blog
Step 3: Starting February 1, 2011 and at the beginning of each subsequent month we will have a post up for you to share links to your reviews, opinion pieces or to write comments (designated comment section). This will count as proof of your participation.