Hello bookish friends! ✨
Today, I’m going to tell you about my first ever buddy read, which also inevitably shows that I’ve always been the worst.
I was 9 years old, sitting in my third grade class with my Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book sitting on the left hand corner of my desk. A boy in my class approached me and asked if I wanted to read the book together. We decided we were going to read as much as we possibly could at night and come back to school each day and talk about what we read. I was excited, but also ready to do whatever it would take to finish that book. Because there was absolutely no way in hell Dominick was going to read that book faster than I could. So, I stayed up ALL NIGHT reading that damn book, half absorbing what would become my favorite series of all time, just so I could drop it on my desk in the morning and say “done” with a nonchalant shrug of my shoulders, like it was a piece of cake. Which I did, only I’m pretty sure I walked into the classroom a disheveled mess, eyes barely open, and slept through the entire school day. And what quickly was my first buddy read also became my last, because I am WAY to competitive when it comes to reading.
However, despite rushing through the book the first time, I knew that I had never read a book about a place so magical but one that felt so real at the same time. I also knew that a reread was in immediate order so I could pick up on anything I missed. Since then, Harry Potter, quickly became my escape and my home away from home. There was nothing quite like a midnight release of a Harry Potter book, where everyone stayed up way past their bedtime to get the new book and became a hermit for a week until they finished it. I always tried to reread the books every year, this way I could relive the magic, but I slacked off for a long time – ten years to be exact. So, an immediate reread on the 1st of September was in order. And man, did it feel good to be back in my favorite world ever.
Here’s what I learned returning to Hogwarts 10 years later…
- Nothing will ever beat reading this series for the first time, yet somehow each reread is more and more interesting and magical. It’s absolutely AMAZING (since I know how the series ends) to pick up on things that seemed so insignificant in book one that changed everything come book seven
- I probably would have been very hesitant to befriend Hermione, I mean, who likes a know it all? And even though she’s one of my favorite YA characters, she can be a little annoying in this book
- Hagrid creating a scrapbook with pictures of Lily and James Potter still wrecks my soul
- Regardless of the being a children’s book, it still remains timeless and relevant AF and I can’t wait to reread the other books in this series as well watching the storyline and characters mature
- The Weasley family is and always will be the family I would die to be a part of, I mean who wouldn’t want Molly as their mother?
- I like Alan Rickman Snape, I do not like book Snape
- I’ve watched the movies a million times and I forgot how close the movie is to this book, it’s almost spot on and had me reciting half the lines from the movie in a British accent. “It’s leviOsa, not levioSA!”
- I’m starting to love Neville Longbottom more than I ever did after this reread
- I need to reread the rest of the series IMMEDIATELY because it has been far too long!
“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.”
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.”
Have you guys read Harry Potter? If so, which book is your favorite?!
That’s all for today! 🎃
Until next time,