So remember that post I wrote earlier this week about reading longer and better books? You should just maybe disregard that for now. I mean, don’t totally disregard it. I AM in the process of reading Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin, which I’d abandoned when I went to Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving. So that’s longer. And better.
Posts will go up every Friday, but it looks like the schedule is such that I’ll be able to read another book while also reading the assigned Harry Potter. But since I’ve already done a First Line Friday for Winter’s Tale, I thought it would be fun to feature the first line of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
The genius in this line is the “thank you very much.” That is ALL Dursley attitude and sets the tone for introducing Harry and his life.
I’m really excited to jump back into the world of Hogwarts again, since I’ve never re-read any of the books, even before the new ones were coming out. And especially not before I saw any of the movies. I tried to listen to the audio of Sorcerer’s Stone last year, but it just didn’t take. The story of how I discovered Harry Potter is equally a story of how I met one of my freshman roommates in college and how I began my college career. The first book came out the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of high school, but because I was busy being almost 15 and angsty and writing a lot of really bad poetry, I completely dismissed the books as childish and stupid. Wizards? PSH.
But by the time I was set to head off to college, the fourth book – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – had just been released and it was officially A LITERARY PHENOMENON. But I was still skeptical. They were still children’s books. Then the paperwork for my future roommates came in the mail, and Caroline and I spent approximately 18 hours on the phone getting to know each other, and in the process, she convinced me of the series’ worthiness. So I bought the first one. And then the second and third. And the fourth. And when I moved into my dorm that August, I was 50 pages from the end of Goblet. But college! And I just stopped reading. When Caroline and the rest of my roommates and friends discovered my lack of follow-through and locked me in a room until I finished it. After which point I yelled, HOLY SHIT!
From there, it was the standard progression of midnight release parties and then when I managed the Children’s/YA department at a B&N during the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I dressed up as Luna Lovegood, homemade radish earrings and all.
Ever since I raced through the conclusion of the series, I’ve wanted to go back and read them all again together, as one cohesive unit. I just haven’t taken the time to do so. But this readalong is a perfect excuse to do so, and in the process, cross off a task from my 30-for-30 challenge.
So, yeah. I’m pumped. This is gonna be AH-MAH-ZING. Anyone else partaking??
(Edit: I realized I included like, NO introductory info. So I’m Rachel, I live in Washington, DC, and I’m in grad school for publishing. I also work full time for a newswire and I write for Book Riot. Whew!)
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