My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

19/08/2018 Discussions, Reading 14

My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

As a child, I was a big rereader. In fact, a good 50% of my reading was rereading old favourites, and chief among them was the Harry Potter series. Between waiting for the latest book to release I would reread the old ones, never wanting to be out of the Wizarding World for too long.

However, I was thinking recently about how I hadn’t reread anything in years, and I couldn’t even remember the last time I read a Harry Potter book. As I got older the amount of rereading I did began to decrease as I discovered new books and found myself with an ever growing TBR list. Gradually I’ve found myself never rereading anything, so I thought it was about time I did, and Harry Potter seems like the obvious choice.

I’m approaching it with a certain amount of trepidation though…I don’t think there’s much chance I’m going to reread them and not like them – I mean, the series is a modern classic for a reason! – but I guess there’s something slightly weird about coming back to anything you’re a fan of after so long. I imagine there’s going to be tonnes of things I’ve forgotten, or misremembered, or mixed up with the films!

Plus J.K. Rowling has revealed so much extra information about the characters, the Wizarding World and events before and after the series since, that I may see some things in the books in a different light.

I’m looking forward to it though, and am expecting to get a good burst of nostalgia throughout! These books are literally the reason I got into reading, and as is probably the case for so many other people of my age, they really defined my childhood.

I’ll be doing posts after reading each of them (which I’m going to try and do back-to-back), with a few of my thoughts about rereading them, and things I had forgotten, loved etc. So look out for those!

So have you reread any childhood favourites recently? What was it like? Have you reread Harry Potter?

14 Responses to “My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter”

  1. Angela

    I’ve read the books a couple times through, and I started listening to them at the beginning of the year (then the audiobooks started getting too long!). One of the reasons I love rereading is because I notice something new each time, no matter how many times I’ve read it. Enjoy the reread!

    • Laura

      I know what you mean, I’ve already noticed some things I either hadn’t noticed before or forgotten about in the Philosopher’s Stone!
      Thanks 🙂

  2. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators

    Usually I’m a big rereader but I haven’t actually reread anything for a couple of months now. The only Harry Potter book that I haven’t reread is the seventh one, since I don’t have a copy of that one in my house, so I’m eager to get into that one again.

    • Laura

      The seventh one is definitely the one I’ve read the least, so I’m really interested to get to that one! Partly I think it’s because it’s been out less time, but also just because I think it’s the heaviest one emotionally (I’m literally always crying by the end!), so it isn’t exactly a fun, light read, however much I love it! 🙂

  3. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    Funny, I just posted a discussion about rereading! I’ve been rereading the Harry Potter books as the illustrated editions come out and I’ve been giving them to my son each Christmas (though I’ve gotten behind and have not yet gotten to The Prisoner of Azkaban).

    I’ve been rereading some other childhood favorites lately too. The Perilous Gard and A Wizard of Earthsea are two examples, and they’re just as good as I remembered.

    • Laura

      Oh cool, I’ll make sure to check out your post! 🙂
      I have three of the illustrated editions myself (they are literally so gorgeous!), but I’ve been reading the Philosopher’s Stone on my Kindle so far, just because it’s easier to take in my bag to work.
      I’m so glad your childhood favourites are as good as you remembered! I may reread some of my other childhood favourites after Harry Potter 🙂

  4. Catherine

    I’m sure you won’t be disappointed re-reading, there’s always so much new stuff to pick up. 🙂 I re-read OotP recently and found myself crying at the bit where Moody shows Harry the photo of the original Order and he gets upset because so many of them are dead and he’s worrying what’s to come. He was right to worry! 🙁

    • Laura

      Yeah, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed 🙂
      And I had totally forgotten about that bit until now, but I do remember that being super emotional! I feel like I’m going to come across loads of those bits in the later books.

  5. Jared

    I LOVE Harry Potter so much! These past couple weeks I’ve really wanted to get back into Harry Potter and re-read the amazing series, but I’ve been procrastinating and trying to find other books to read. Great post!

  6. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Rereading Harry Potter is just so lovely. Honestly, one of my favourite series to reread because you see little things you forgot about in the books which take on a greater significance when you know what’s coming up. I’ve been slowly rereading them with the release of the illustrated editions because why not right? I admit, I always gets the urge to read fanfiction after I finish one because so much more gets explored than in the books but I adore them all the same.

    • Laura

      It really is so lovely to reread them! It takes me right back! 🙂
      I have the illustrated editions too, and they’re just so beautiful! Although I’m admittedly rereading these on my Kindle mainly, so I can take them to work easily. I’ve definitely found that too though where I’m noticing things that have significance later, even in this first book, which I think just goes to show how far in advance J.K. Rowling must have been thinking.

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