I have spent the last ten days re-reading the Harry Potter books for what is probably the 12th time (at least for the first four books). I went through a period of many years when I read them at least twice a year, but I haven’t read them in at least two years. It was wonderful to jump back into one of my favorite worlds and meet up with my favorite characters again. I enjoyed reading each and every book, but in different ways than I had in the past, which was interesting.
I first read the books back in November of 2001. That was almost ten years ago!!! Back then I was an immature little college sophomore frolicking around London and having the time of my life. But as soon as I picked up that first book, I completely gave up sightseeing and going to the pub to sit and read in my little room. I remember being on the tube on my way to the theater or a museum and seeing at least half a dozen people reading Harry Potter. It was funny to see the ones who tried to hide it by buying the “adult” covers and then the ones who blazenly didn’t care and were reading the kids version.
Ah, memories. I can remember what I was doing when I read each of the books for the very first time. I can also remember my first experience seeing each of the movies. Even when the books ended, we still had three more movies to look forward to, so it was not as sad as it could have been. Now it is really all going to be over and there is nothing left to look forward to. (Don’t come back and say anything about Pottermore. Don’t even get me started on that…..that just seems like a bunch of rubbish to me. She should have spent her time working on the Encyclopedia, not a stupid website. J.K. Rowling’s on my list now.)
Anyway, I am really excited to see the movie on Thursday at midnight. I am lucky enough to be going with a huge group of people, and I will be the first person to get there to hold our spot in line. I am going to pack my bag pretty soon so I will have everything I need. Pillows, blankets, laptop with movies, books, headphones, cards, and lots of food are all necessary to survive the wait in line.
That is going to be a great day for me because it is the last day of summer reading programming. I am going to clean up from my afternoon program as quick as a bunny (Oh man, why did I have to do a glitter project on the last day!!!) and skip out of the library waving my hands in the air and singing the Hallelujah Chorus. I have already warned people that I will be doing this, so it probably won’t be seen as too odd. After that, I won’t have to go back to work till the next Wednesday, so I am going to be the happiest girl in the world when those first few credits start to roll.
I will be very happy, but I’m pretty sure I am going to cry through the whole thing, so I should probably add a box or two of Kleenexes to my bag.
Here is a little video to catch everyone up on all the movies, and to show just how much those crazy kids have grown 🙂
Anyway, I hope that all my nerdgirls have similar plans to see the movie and get to see it with good friends. I wish I could see it with you, but I haven’t learned to apparate yet.