Throwback: Sorcerer’s Stone

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.

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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.

Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer's_Stone_10th_AnniversaryI still find them fun to read, after dozens of rereads, after I’ve practically memorized the full text and barely have to pay attention to gulp down the story. It’s magical every time.

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.

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9 Responses to Throwback: Sorcerer’s Stone

  1. Pingback: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by JK Rowling (+ Philosopher’s Stone) | The Zen Leaf

  2. bendingoverbookwards says:

    Haha, I thought I’d hate Harry Potter when I first saw it as a kid. I literally judged the book by its cover and somehow got the impression it was about a boy who lived on a train with a giant called Hagrid. I actually refused to read it! How wrong I was…


  3. whatsheread says:

    I am sorely in need of a reread like this too. Sometimes, a beloved book is just what we need to make the world a little brighter.


  4. Leslie Ann says:

    What good luck with the NaNoWriMo cover! It came out beautifully, too.

    I’m currently procrastinating on my own NaNoWriMo writing and I liked the name of your blog in the link list at The Broke & The Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday post, so I came over here. I’m overdue for a Harry Potter reread, too; like you, I used to read it again once every year – and often multiple times a year(/month/week) when only the first three books were available!


  5. This reminded me that I actually can’t remember the last time that I re-read these books and that makes me sad! I remember discovering Harry for the first time when I was in my final year of highschool and was in the library during a spare period: I was supposed to be doing algebra homework, so obviously wound up looking for anything that would distract me. I started reading Philosopher’s Stone because I had heard a bit about it, and by the time I made it to Diagon Alley where they were shopping for school supplies (one of my vices!) I was well and truly hooked. I still remember bursting into tears at the end of the chapter about Halloween, where it says “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” I don’t know why that hit me so hard, but it really did.

    One of my goals in the coming years is to become way more proficient in Spanish. To that end, I’ve acquired the first HP novel en español and I’m hoping that once I’ve made a bit more progress in my self-directed learning I’ll be able to make my way through the series as a way of strengthening my understanding of the language and expanding vocab too. One day I’d love to be able to read Gabriel Garcia Marquez in his native language, but I think HP is a good place to start!


    • Amanda says:

      I wish I’d discovered Harry earlier!! As it was, I only had to wait for one book. I think it would have been great to go through them one by one instead of all at once.

      I read the HP series in French and it really helped me so I hope the Spanish helps you!


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