“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are far more than our abilities.” -Albus Dumbledore
It’s been cold and rainy here for June. But it’s been the perfect weather to re-read Harry Potter. Just put me on the Hogwarts Express and take me to Scotland, please.
I found myself comparing this book to the movie adaptation (which seems to be a trend, considering I did the same thing for the first book). Out of all the movies, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is known for being the closest to the book. And while there were bound to be some differences in the details, I still found the movie to be true to the book.
I’m comparing it to the movie simply because, like most people on the planet, I have seen the Harry Potter movies over and over again, so often that I have most of them memorized. While I’ve re-read Harry Potter in the past, it’s a lot harder to read and memorize 7 books than it is to watch and memorize 8 movies.
Of course, the books have so much more subtext. On this re-read, I loved noticing all of the foreshadowing and the details that will come into play later in the series.
I also think it’s imporant to note that Harry is picked on and disliked by a group of Hufflepuffs in this book, when they believe that Harry is the heir of Slytherin. While Rowling certainly typecasted Slytherin as a walking house of bullies, I feel like the movies play this up even more. It’s also important to note that the books are mostly from Harry’s point-of-view, so of course the Slytherins are going to seem more villianish.
Overall, I’m enjoying this series re-read just as much as I thought I would, and I can’t wait to read more!
Anna: I finished my re-read of The Sorcerer’s Stone, rather The Philosopher’s Stone, and it felt so good! I got the 20th anniversary Hufflepuff edition at Blackstone’s when I studied in Oxford.
This was such a nostalgic read. I’d forgotten the little differences between the book and the movie. There’s something equally heartwarming and heartbreaking about innocent little Harry who is just learning about the Wizarding World, and I loved re-living the beginning of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s friendship. I’m also amazed by the foundation JK builds in this book, as there is so much foreshadowing to events and characters in the later books.
On to book two!
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Anna: Around this time of year I get an itch to read Harry Potter. This fall I’m finally going to try to re-read the series from book one!
I used to re-read these books all the time but I haven’t since college. I love the book community, but especially since I work in publishing there’s pressure to read as many new releases as possible. Sometimes you have to go back to old favorites! I can’t wait to re-read the series that sparked my love for reading. I’ll keep you updated along the way!
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Anna: Harry Potter ignited my love of reading. I dressed as Hermione at The Deathly Hallows book release party at our local Barnes and Noble, where I was interviewed on TV and predicted that Harry was going to die. My favorite character is (book) Ron. I think this is because I value loyalty in relationships so much, which is why I’m such a strong Hufflepuff.
Alexis: I dressed as Luna at the same book release party, complete with homemade radish earrings. Twelve-year-old me was super excited to stay up after midnight reading. When I was interviewed, I was asked, “How long will it take you to finish this?” My answer: “A couple of hours.” He didn’t believe me. My favorite character is an unpopular opinion: Harry. I’m glad to be a Hufflepuff because my school colors were also black and yellow and I love sunflowers!
Anna: Fun fact: Alexis is the fastest reader I know!
We’d love to hear what you love about Harry Potter!