What could be called the most successful series in literature consists of 7 books, 8 films, 8 video games, a list of 400 other officially endorsed products, and a theme park. Believe it or not, I was never swept up in it. Being a bookseller, I had obviously heard about it, but hadn’t immersed myself in it.
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was released June 30, 1997. I don’t remember when I first heard about it, but at the time I was working on my own novel. I had decided that I would wait until it was published before reading any of the Harry Potter books, so I missed out on all the excitement.
I have to admit, I wasn’t certain that the book would live up to all the hype. I have seen a couple of the films but because I intended to read the series, I didn’t want to see them all. I wanted to be at least a bit surprised. I loved the story and was looking forward to finally digging in.
Now that I have finished reading the first book, I get it. I see exactly what all the fuss was about. I almost wish I had been among those who didn’t have a clue what to expect. But then, I am glad that I don’t have to wait for what must have seemed like forever until the next book to come out. I just went down the road to the library and there it was! (another bonus to being tardy to the party is that the books are readily available and I don’t have to get on a waiting list to borrow them)
Nothing goes better with a good book than a cup of tea.
It’s charming and magical and fun. On a personal note, after the last few weeks (which were truly craptastic) I needed charming and magical and fun. As I turned the last page, I thought to myself (spoiler alert)
“Surely they aren’t going to send him back to live with those people for the summer!”
I promptly picked up the phone, called the library, and had them put ‘Chamber of Secrets’ on hold. A friend suggested I pick up ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ if possible because I would certainly plow through book 2 and this way I could start book 3 immediately. So I did just that.
I am going to be doing my own little writer’s retreat in the near future and have arranged for two 4-day weekends in a row! So for those who are thinking ‘Shouldn’t she be writing?’, my answer is yes. I definitely should be. I plan to do nothing but write for 8 days solid, in two blocks of 4 days each. But for now, I will curl up on the couch with the Hooligans and enjoy another trip into the world of Harry Potter.