Regrettably, when I was much younger, I was never into Harry Potter. I don’t know how old I was at the time, but I remember going to the theaters on a school trip to see the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, when it released and I did not care much for it. As a result, I never took the plunge into the wonderful world of Hogwarts. Fast forward to the end of 2018, I picked up the first book and was willing to give the series another try and I have to say, I am furious with myself for not doing so sooner!
On his eleventh birthday, Harry Potter discovers exactly who he is: a wizard. Before the start of the series, Harry lost his parents when he was just a baby to a dark wizard named Lord Voldemort. When it was time to finish Harry off, something unexpectedly ruined his plans and caused the dark wizard to lose his powers and flee. This encounter left a scar on Harry’s forehead.
With the realization of just who he is, Harry attends the prodigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he becomes fast friends with both Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. Each year, the trio tackles new challenges and enemies while learning new spells and more about the wizarding world.
What I love about this series so far is J.K Rowling’s colorful writing style. She goes in depth with the setting and her descriptions of her characters making everything feel so alive. From what I have read, authors tend to forget certain elements/retcon details to their stories which comes off as them not putting much care into the worlds they are building. But Rowling on the other hand excellently uses foreshadowing and remembers the tiniest of details to bring up later down the road in her novels. It’s fascinating to read!
I finished The Goblet of Fire not too long ago and I noticed that the series seems to be getting progressively darker in its tone. It doesn’t bother me so much as I love stories like that, but I can see it as being offputting for those who prefer the more lighthearted stories of Years 1-3. Still, the story has its grip on me and I don’t see it letting go anytime soon.
I highly recommend picking up this series with the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Don’t end up waiting as long I did. I’m looking forward to the next three books and cannot wait to see where this all leads! I may be picking up the movies after the books so that’s something else I can expect in the future.
Thank you for reading.