I have always loved the world of Harry Potter, from a young age my dad convinced me into my love of ready through the harry potter books. Many a night he would lie on my bed and read me chapters of Harry Potter, generally, he would fall asleep before I would.
Dad also took me to all the harry potter movies when they came out. In most of them, particularly Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I would start crying so dad and I would get up to leave. Yet I couldn’t get down half the aisle without turning around and wanting to continue watching the rest of the film.
I recently read the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and LOVED IT. Despite many potter fans not liking it at all.
It wasn’t until recently however, that I had ever considered re-reading the series. I don’t think I have ever re-read a book in my whole life. That is partly because I own over 300 books in my personal library and so I feel as if I don’t have the time to re-read books when I have so many new books to read. Yet when I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them at the cinema (a movie which I was really disappointed in) there were a lot of things that I didn’t remember and allusions that went straight over my head because I hadn’t read the books in so long. This didn’t occur at all for my partner because he has read the series over 15 times apparently. (he LOVES re-reading books).
Anyway – I began on the journey of re-reading the series about 2 or 3 weeks ago and I am just about to start the Prisoner of Azkaban. I am really enjoying re-reading the series. I am learning and re-discovering so much that I didn’t know and have forgotten. Something that has really stood out to me the second time around is the relevance of the themes in the book to our everyday world. Particularly the idea of class and hierarchy which is picked apart in the idea of muggle borns and pure bloods. This is something that we see everyday in conflicts all around the world. The assumption that one is better than the other because of lineage or because of religion or money.
I am going to sign off today with a quote from Dumbledore at the end of Harry potter and the Chamber of Secrets;
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”
That is all from me for today feel free to share whether you re-read books and what you are currently reading at the moment.