As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge Harry Potter fan; copious amounts of recreation props, Halloween costumes, and themed dinner parties all attest to this fact. I’ve also mentioned, however, that I’m not as enamored of the books as I am of the movies. Perhaps it’s because I never read the books as a child, and so my first exposure to Rowling’s world came through the films instead of the fiction. Maybe I just don’t connect with Rowling’s writing style, love of her imaginative creations to the contrary. In any case, it took me the better part of five years to read the entire series all the way through, with a prolonged break in the middle. And now, years after I adamantly refused to read the books as a child, I sit in eager anticipation of my impending trip to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer. Anyone who knows me knows that I have an intense hatred for the heat; I love nothing more than to bundle up in scarves and blankets with warm mugs of coffee or tea and watch as snow or rain trickles down my windows. Summer is anathema to my delicate temperature sensibilities, so my willingness (indeed, eagerness) to travel to Florida during the summer months is testament to how damn much I want to pretend I possess magical ability, if only for an afternoon.
In anticipation of my visit to The Wizarding World, I’ve decided to do a reread of the entire series leading up to my departure. I’m attempting a book a week, and hopefully this time around I’ll actually review the books as I go along. I can’t promise absolute adoration, but I will attempt to work out just what it is about Rowling’s writing that prevents me from loving the books as much as I do the movies and the story in general. I welcome anyone else who is headed to The Wizarding World soon to join me on my read-a-long, as well as those who simply feel that a return to Hogwarts is in order. Please let me know if anyone else is interested in revisiting the books with me, and leave links to any Harry Potter reviews or posts from your own reading adventures.