I have long been meaning to do discussion posts but whenever I start making one, I always feel like I don’t have so much to say about the topic, and that it might just turn out more rambly and ranty rather than a legitimate discussion of what I really wanna talk about. But we all gotta start somewhere right? Right. So let’s jump right ahead and begin!
This topic is both exciting and scary for me to discuss. Exciting, because I finally would be able to resolve, more like for myself, why I didn’t get to the last four books of the series; and scary, definitely because – well, it’s out in the open now! – I am the girl who never finished the Harry Potter series! What a shame. And what a muggle.
I know of people who have been doing annual reading of the Harry Potter series, and whenever I see them do this ANNUALLY, I just bow my head down and wish they’ll never ask me about what I think of the series.
It’s NOT that I am completely clueless about Harry Potter, you know. I’ve seen the movies, and I’ve read the first three books. Pottermore says I’m in Ravenclaw, and at some point I get to see what my Patronus is and the wand that’s meant for me. And I realize now that I’m not the complete muggle I would like to think myself as.
But still, a big chunk is missing you know? The reader in me craves for more.
I remember reading the first 2 books when I was 14, both I borrowed from my school library. And I remember thoroughly enjoying them and promising myself that I would finish each and every book that J.K. Rowling publishes. But you know how libraries are, they distract you with some other books that are not in line with the series you’re reading – and here’s where the Chronicles of Narnia enters the scene. I was completely engrossed with the Narnia series, forgetting Harry Potter altogether. I read and re-read Narnia and moved on from middle grade to adult fiction without ever looking back. And then the movies came out, and I watched them, without really feeling the need to reach for the books.
But there came a point in my reader life, very recently actually, where I felt like I need to remedy the things that I have missed and reading the rest of the Harry Potter series feels like the number one of them.
The thing about putting the fact that I did not finish the series out in the open is that there are definitely people who’d raise their brows and say, “So you call yourself a book blogger when you’ve never actually finished Harry Potter?” or even worse, “So you call yourself a READER?…” Believe me, there are these kinds of people, and I couldn’t blame them. Harry Potter is probably the holy grail of reading, but at the same time, I just wanna remind people once and for all that this doesn’t measure one’s reading life. Having read Harry Potter is not the basis of a person’s becoming a reader. It’s just not! Because I could enumerate all the books I’ve read in my entire 25 years of existence, even without J.K Rowling’s works, and still call myself a reader. Again, just putting it out there.
Anyway, like I said in the earlier part of this post, I intend to finish (to finally finish!) Harry Potter this year! A re-read of the first 3 is in order, and then I’ll probably jump right into the fourth right away. 🙂 I’m excited. But in all honestly, I’m half scared as well, because what if I don’t get to like the book as much as I liked the movies? And what if it’s too late? What if it doesn’t work out for me anymore? Aaaaah. But that’s just me overthinking. I really should get going and start it soonest!
Sooo, I would like to hear your thoughts on this! Of readers who actually haven’t finished the Harry Potter series? I would love to talk to you in the comments below!