Series: Harry Potter
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication date: June 26, 1997
Format: Audiobook, Length: 8 hours and 33 minutes
Narrator: Jim Dale
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
Hey there! While I wasn’t successful in the Re-Read Challenge in 2016, I did find that I loved the recommended format of the reviews so I’ve decided to keep it for my re-read reviews going forward. It looks a little different than my typical reviews, and I’m ok with that. 🙂
WHEN I First Read
2000(ish) and roughly eight times since
This Re-Read: March/April 2017 (Audiobook)
WHAT I Remember
Everything? Always? Ok, that might be overstating things a little, but I’ve read the books and seen the movies so times that I swear this story is part of the fiber of my being. I can’t think of any part of the book that, even all these years later, made me go “Hmmm. Don’t remember that.”
WHY I Wanted to Re-Read
It’s Harry Potter. Do I need to explain any further? 😉 I’ve wanted to do a re-read of the entire series for ages now, I’ve just not motivated myself to do it until now. I’ve settled instead for watching the movies over and over again. After my trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando in March, I knew the movies would no longer do. It was time to get utterly immersed in the series again and what better way to do it than with Jim Dale’s amazing audiobooks?
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
I was full of warm, fuzzy feelings after re-reading. I was content because I’m back at the beginning of a magical journey and because I knew there’s a lot of story left ahead of me. It honestly felt like being back with old friends. While part of me knew I know the wizarding world and all of it’s incredible details inside out, I was actually kinda surprised to realize that’d remembered the first book as clearly as I did. Maybe it’s my (nearly) weekly movie binges, or perhaps because I’ve read this book roughly 9 times now. Regardless, it was a good decision to re-read and I’m happy I finally decided to jump in again.
WOULD You Re-Read Again?
Of course. I’ve already read the series multiple times. Why would I stop now?
“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
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