Nerd Alert

Earlier this summer, I decided that – for the first time in nearly 20 years – I would revisit all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, as well as the eight companion films. My plan was to chronicle my thoughts on the 26th of each month, beginning in June – the actual bookiversary for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

While I was able to stick to that schedule for the first two months, things went off the rails a bit after that and I found myself continually behind. For the past several weeks, however, I have been consumed with the series and am determined to close it out this week! In honor of the occasion, everything in today’s “Nerd Alert” concerns the Boy Who Lived. The next five days will wrap up my revisit posts and then I’ll share a full series debrief on Saturday. It’s a lot, I know, but I hope you enjoy!  Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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It’s the 26th of the month, which means that it’s time for another installment of my Harry Potter read-a-thon! This time, I’m delving into Book 2 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Unlike the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which featured a few angles that I didn’t really remember, there wasn’t anything “new” that caught my attention during this re-read. In fact, I didn’t take a single note!

Instead, it was only when I started watching the movie that things struck me a little differently – though this was mainly because it had been a while since I had read those parts of the book. Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Growing up, there were certainly things that I was a fan of (Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World is one particular example that comes to mind), but I don’t really remember joining a “fandom” until I was introduced to the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

I came to the series a few books in, but quickly got sucked into the story. I still recall waiting in line at Borders (which is really dating myself!) for the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, embarrassing my mother as I nearly ran over an elderly gentleman at Costco because I was convinced that he too was going for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and I fondly remember working the release party for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Read More