So, for as long as I can remember, I've had so many people completely disbelieving of the fact that I haven't read the Harry Potter books. I'd seen the movies (1 - 5, to be exact) and enjoyed them. I even went to the midnight release of Goblet of Fire. Because of this, I figured: "these movies are so fantastical all on their own, I don't need to read the books."
Thankfully, my blogger friends stomped all over that notion and still insisted that I read. After all, I haven't seen the movies for 6 or 7 yet.
Recently, my Dad gifted me with the audiobooks for the HP series. I started with Chamber of Secrets, since I already read Sorcerer's Stone earlier this year.
From the beginning of the book to the end of the book, my mindset went from: "this Jim Dale fella is a pretty good narrator" to "OMG THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I'VE EVER LISTENED TO," followed by a whirlwind of fangirl text messages to Tara from Fiction Folio, who I'm pretty sure is happier than anyone else that she can share in someone's first reading of Harry Potter. Like seriously, I cried at the end.
I just wanted to tell you all: you were right. I invite you all to tell me how wrong I was for thinking that seeing the movies was sufficient.
I FINALLY GET IT.