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?