Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My First Time with Harry Potter


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.

14 comments:

  1. So when do you want to got to Harry Potter world in Orlando? I say we need a fangirl blogger trip ;)

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  2. I did the same thing about three years ago but I kept thinking that they were probably at least a tiny bit over-hyped, right? But then I read them and was like, OMG THESE ARE THE MOST AMAZING BOOKS ON THE PLANET!!! How did I live without them for so long? One of the few book series that goes above and beyond expectations.

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  3. AHHH I need to start!! I fail with our plan to read them together!

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  4. Yea! I'm so happy for you. Like this week's Top Ten Tuesday post, I wish I could read these again for the first time. You are making us all jealous, now.

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  5. Kinda wish I could re-experience the harry potter first read again! Aren't they wonderful :) Enjoy!

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  6. I'm so happy you're a Harry fan!!!! :D Reading Harry for the first time is like trying chocolate for the first time. It's amazing, you don't know how you lived without it up to this point, and you can never get enough. Haha (: Enjoy the books!!!

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  7. YAY! Now I've read all of the books, but I've heard that listening to them is way more amazing. I may just have to borrow the CDs from the library to listen to. ;)

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  8. Finally, Jen.
    Love,
    THE UNIVERSE

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  9. I know what you mean. I just started reading the books last year. Read a book, watch the movie. Read a book, watch the movie. Unfortunately I've only read/watched the first two.

    I'm going to get through the whole series! Someday!

    (Also #1 is my favorite of the 2 so far)

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  10. :)

    (I'm pretty sure a smiley is sufficient for this post. :D)

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  11. I had the same experience as you. I was bound and determined NOT to read Harry Potter, but as a literature teacher, it sort of felt blasphemous NOT to read them. So a librarian friend suggested I listened to the audiobooks and OMG I'm so glad she did! Loved them!

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  12. I only read them 2 years ago. I read them all in less than two weeks and they probably changed my life. I really really want to listen to them soon.

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  13. I have heard samples of Jim Dale reading and I think he is fabulous. I am so excited that you love the Harry Potter books too!!! I think I might get the audio books for my kids to listen to.

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