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Rereading Past Favorites #2: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I am going through and rereading some of my old favorite series to see if they have stood the test of time for me.

I am and have been since prior to the release of book 4, a Harry Potter fan.

I used to attend Festival 9 and 3/4 when they used to hold it in Princeton, IL.

I have seen all the movies, but obviously the movies don’t go as much into detail as the books.

According to the official HP website, I am a Ravenclaw and I even took the breakdown test that shows what percentage you are of each house.

I also have taken part in the Harry Potter Readathon that is held by G from BookRoast. She hosts an OWLS and NEWTS HP readathon and side readathons throughout the year.

As far as format this time I decided to read them as ebooks.

Onto my reread experience with this series:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

3rd read through-swoon

I have a confession to make: I had only read through the entire series of Harry Potter twice.

I received the first three as gifts from my parents many moons ago. Then stood in line for the midnight release of book four. And five. And six. And pre-ordered book seven.

I have attended Harry Potter Festivals (Festival 9 & 3/4 two years in a row and The Hogwarts Express once) and seen all the movies as they came out.

I read the books all through once then, once in my early twenties, and am now reading them all again in my early thirties.

It fascinates me how many little moments I had forgotten about. How many humorous dialogs pieces there are here…And how Hermione was actually a little flirt along with being super smart(!)

I am enjoying my time once again and it really does feel like going home…

Goodreads Synopsis:

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

I received the first three books in this series originally as gifts from my parents many moons ago. Then stood in line for the midnight release of book four. And five. And six. And pre-ordered book seven.

I have attended Harry Potter Festivals (Festival 9 & 3/4 two years in a row and The Hogwarts Express once) and seen all the movies as they came out.

I read the books all through once then, once in my early twenties, and am now reading them all again in my early thirties.

It’s crazy how the small implications of Ginny and Harry, as well as Ron and Hermione, were hinted at in big and small ways. Plus, Harry being a horcrux was basically spelled out for us in this one!

My absolute favorite scene was of Dobby getting the sock and becoming a free elf!! Still a fave of mine to this day! ^.^ Truly Dobby is a precious bean and I want to hug him. His heart is in the right place.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

I almost cannot believe how the third book upon reading both the first and the second time was my favorite…but not this time around, more on that later…to be continued…

My absolute favorite scene in this wasn’t the time turn stuff, but the Ron and Hermione dynamic! Their fussing about over Crookshanks and Scabbers was like reading about a bickering old married couple.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

It fascinates me how the third book upon reading both the first and the second time was my favorite…but not this time around, no. This time around book four has become my favorite.

The Triwizard Tournament, S.P.E.W., and the sly fixing of Hermiones teeth…I enjoyed this SO much more than I remembered.

I had a few tears while reading and I feel like I picked up on more of the character connections this time around than I had before. Quite a lot happens in this one. References to earlier events and lots of set up for the remaining books.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)

This time around book four has become my favorite…but my goodness book five is also so much better than I remember too..

The fact that Hermione is still so for the house elves, how we have changes of scenery to include the ministry of magic and St. Mungo’s, reappearances of characters from previous books and new character & creature introductions-both good and bad- (Lockhart! Luna!! Umbridge! The Thestrals!!) and the insights into the history of Professor Snape and James Potter.

My ultimate favorite scene was of Professor McGonagall when Sybill was fired…like Minerva may have thought she was a quack, but she still felt auch empathy. It was a beautiful and sad moment.

Again quite a lot happens in this one. The O.W.L.s and Dumbledore explaining more to Harry…which was also a beautiful scene.

Goodreads Synopsis:

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Pottter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named—a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.

His fate depends on them all.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

This time around book four has become my favorite…but my goodness book five was also so much better than I remember too…and book six…oh my goodness!

There were plenty of cute moments in this from Harry becoming a “pro” at potions via a little help from a special book, Ginny and Harry, and of course Dobby following Harry so fiercely that he doesn’t even sleep(!)

Snape and the long game happening, oh man. Reading it and knowing what is to come…it reads differently and we see the positions and sacrifices involved…

My ultimate favorite scene was toward the very end with Fleur and Molly after Bill was attacked. “I am beautiful enough for the both of us!” and the understanding that passed between them. With the scene between Malfoy and Dumbledore being a very close second. Powerful. So powerful.

Again quite a lot happens in this one. Heartbreaking as it is, I can appreciate what Dumbledore did even more reading as an adult. He was so open with Harry about not being perfect and that he was using a lot of guess work. What a brilliant man though.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens, the war against Voldemort has begun. The Wizarding world has split down the middle, and as the casualties mount, the effects even spill over onto the Muggles. Dumbledore is away from Hogwarts for long periods, and the Order of the Phoenix has suffered grievous losses. And yet, as in all wars, life goes on.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione, having passed their O.W.L. level exams, start on their specialist N.E.W.T. courses. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate, losing a few eyebrows in the process. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry becomes captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, while Draco Malfoy pursues his own dark ends. And classes are as fascinating and confounding as ever, as Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

Most importantly, Dumbledore and Harry work together to uncover the full and complex story of a boy once named Tom Riddle—the boy who became Lord Voldemort. Like Harry, he was the son of one Muggle-born and one Wizarding parent, raised unloved, and a speaker of Parseltongue. But the similarities end there, as the teenaged Riddle became deeply interested in the Dark objects known as Horcruxes: objects in which a wizard can hide part of his soul, if he dares splinter that soul through murder.

Harry must use all the tools at his disposal to draw a final secret out of one of Riddle’s teachers, the sly Potions professor Horace Slughorn. Finally Harry and Dumbledore hold the key to the Dark Lord’s weaknesses… until a shocking reversal exposes Dumbledore’s own vulnerabilities, and casts Harry’s—and Hogwarts’s—future in shadow.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

My absolute favorite scenes here were numerous! I feel like because this was the last book people have always given it shade thinking there was too much camping, you many things they didn’t want to have happened, etc. I actually enjoyed it.

Now granted, there are some things I would change: why didn’t Ginny get a say in the names for instance…and why did everyone marry their high school sweethearts? Alas, this is irrelevant to my enjoyment of this book.

I am not rating critical, I am rating based on experience of them and thus give it a five.

All was well.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.

WRAP UP & FINAL THOUGHTS

Years ago, I wound up selling my old HP copies, and I was still able to do my re-read successfully. As a series, they held up as a fave obviously. I enjoyed my time rereading them as the ebooks of course and want to branch into consuming them as audiobooks for the entire series the next time I get the urge to go back to Hogwarts.

I feel like Harry Potter for me is a modern classic.

Every single book has stood the test of time and I found it especially interesting that my favorites have changed. Overall, book 4 was my favorite this time around with 5 the closest and that was especially surprising to me because I had always said book 3 was my favorite.

Have you reread Harry Potter? Never read it? I do know some people that have ever picked up the series, but they are few and far between. Which book used to be your favorite upon the first one or two reads? Has your favorite stayed the same? Chat with me in the comments below!

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