I am in need of comfort right now. I’m also right smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, having received a wonderful bit of inspiration when the NaNo team chose to design a cover of my novel for their 30 Covers 30 Days program, and that means I need easy reading while my brain focus is elsewhere. These two factors = Harry Potter.
I used to reread the Harry Potter series every year, but somehow I’ve gone 2.5 years since my last read-through. Summer of 2012. It has been WAY too long.
This means that I’ve spent the last few days smiling through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, remembering the first time I read it, almost a decade ago. I remember how opposed I was to reading these books, and how I finally caved after Half-Blood Prince came out and my sister-in-law pushed Jason into reading it. I remember reading that first sentence–
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
–and how I sneered at it, thinking it was exactly what I would have expected beforehand, and wasn’t it obvious how much I would hate these books? And of course, I remember how it wasn’t very long before I was completely immersed, and then scrambling for the next book. I have never been so happy to eat my own words.
And of course, what better way to experience this reread series than to watch the movie directly afterwards? Oh I wish I could have seen the first few movies in theatre. I started reading only a few months before Goblet of Fire was released in theatres, so I missed the first three. I can only imagine what Sorcerer’s Stone looked like on the big screen. If it ever shows there again, for an anniversary or something, I will be there!
This was a smile I really needed right now.