August 02, 2011

Long Live Harry Potter

I jumped on the Harry Potter bandwagon late. None of my friends were reading the books so I didn't either. I finally caved and bought the first book when the last one came out in 2007. I was hooked from the very first page. I was immediately transported to Number Four Privet Drive where a little boy lived in a cupboard under the stairs. I tore through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and went back to the store for more. I ended up finishing the series in record time.


I'm still amazed that the books were written for children. I can't imagine how I would have felt reading them at the age of 9 or 10. I'm guessing I would have dreamt of Harry, Hermione and Ron for many nights. As an adult, the books weren't childlike or boring in the least. In fact, they were the exact opposite. They are absolutely some of the best books I've ever read. I own the box set and plan to read them for many years to come. One day, I'll share them with my little ones. Hopefully, they'll love them as much as I do.


The Hero and I caught up on the first four films at home. We've seen the rest in the theater. This past weekend, we were finally able to see the final Potter film. On one hand, I was extremely excited. On the other hand, I was sad to see something I've loved for so long come to an end. In case you're wondering, I cry at everything. So, yes, I cried when the movie began. I cried during. I bawled my eyes out during one scene. I teared up at the end too. The movie was everything I thought it would be and more.



I have literally watched these three grow up.

They're fantastic.

16 comments:

SushiMama said...

LOVE Harry Potter, and like you, I was sad to see it end!

English said...

I crush hard on Daniel Radcliffe. I don't care if he's like 5 years younger than me. Love him

Kori Donahue said...

I'm obsessed too. I can't wait til they come out on ereader soon so I can read them again. Kori xoxo

Ed said...

Big baby.

Christine said...

I loved these books and am glad that the movies so closely follow the books. I just recently convinced my mother to read the series and she enjoyed them as well! I can't wait to see the final movie!

Natalie said...

Its okay! I cried throughout the movie too! :) It was really well done! I can't believe its over, but I can't wait for the last movie to come out on dvd! I watch all of the movies over and over. Drive the Hubs nuts! :) lol :) They really have grown up into spectacular young adults :)

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

umm, nope. just an't get into it. probably because i can't understand half of what they are saying!

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

Me too!!! I jumped on the Potter wagon late too but LOOOOOOOVED the books! They were so fun and cool! I am thinking of doing a potterathon before I see the last movie. :)

Natalie said...

I can't believe this series is over. I've put off going to see the last movie b/c I just don't want it to be really over.

I remember taking the boys to see the first movie in the theater. I didn't start reading the books until the last one came out though. There's nothing more irritating than waiting on books to be released before you can read them.

Side note: Andrew's first celebrity crush was Emma Watson. He was a smitten little 6 year old.

Christina said...

My dad and sister read the books, but I was off at college and didn’t read for pleasure back then, so I missed out. But I own them now! I saw all the movies in the theater though. I love them all! So magical and so bittersweet.

Sarah said...

I LOVE Harry Potter. I put off reading the last book until right before the movie came out because I didn't want it to be over!!! I'm ready to see the last movie...I think ;)

Shelley said...

My dad read the first three books to my sister and me when they first came out but I havent read the rest of them. I have seen all the movies though and have been debating whether to read them!

Date Girl said...

I bawled like crazy BOTH times I saw the movie. I'm such a crazy HP fan. I love love love the books and I can't wait to read them to my kids...when they are old enough to handle them. They are INTENSE. I started reading them at 12 so I felt like I grew up with Harry too. They did such a great job with the movies, even if they do vary from the book. I kind of like that they were different. I'm really sad that there aren't any more. I need a new series like HP and Twilight that I can really fall into. Those are the best kinds of books!

SharleneT said...

I've seen the movies but only got the books on my Kindle, last week. I'm a fast reader and can't stand to wait between books so usually wait for a series to be finished. Like you, I was hooked from the first paragraph and am stunned at the beautiful writing and excitement. I know I would have loved these as a child and I think they have brought out the child in me. Can't wait to get back to it during my reading time. She is a fantastic writer -- but, the whole world knows that!

estein said...

I have all the books in the series, but I haven't read them yet. I need to, I'm not sure what I've been waiting for. My baby starts kindergarten next week, so I'm sure I'll need something to get my mind off that situation, so Harry Potter might work nicely! Then, I can watch all the movies, since they've already all come out. I hate waiting, especially for Breaking Dawn!

Karen Peterson said...

I'm so glad you finally got to see the movie! I didn't cry quite as much as I thought I would, but I certainly did a lot!