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You might be rolling your eyes that I'm recommending Harry Potter to you. It's only one of the most insanely popular book series of all time, it spawned 10 movies now, a musical parody, countless merchandise, and clubs in colleges across the world who try to play their own version of quidditch. You've probably already read it or are refusing to read it.
But how could I not recommend to you one of my favorite book series of all time? And when you strip away all the fanfare that surrounds the books they still hold up as amazing books and stories. Harry Potter books are always worth a reread. And don't forget about those young kids in your life who have yet to experience the magical joy of Harry Potter. I was in 3rd grade when I read the first one and it has stuck with me since. The first book in my collection is paperback and it's starting to fall apart from use.
In case you don't know about Harry Potter, it was first published in the UK in 1997. Written by JK Rowling, she tells us the story of a boy who lives in an abusive home with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. One day he discovers he's a wizard (this explains all the strange things that have happened around him), and he will be going to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the course of his time at Hogwarts he has many adventures with his friends Ron and Hermione, and unravels the truth about his past that will be essential to saving not only the wizarding world but the entire world from the dark wizard Voldemort.
Honestly, my synopsis is so inadequate to describe the books. They are worth a read or reread. They're great for kids and adults alike. They explore human nature and the fight between good and evil in this world. Harry Potter is more than a fantasy novel series. It's a classic on par with The Lord of the Rings. (Yeah I said it).
And now there are illustrated unabridged versions coming out! So you can immerse yourself or your kids/grandkids even more fully in the Harry Potter world while you read.
Alternatively, the books are read by Jim Dale on the audiotape version. And everyone loves the way he reads Harry Potter. Some people have even taken to only listening to them because he does such a great job! So if you haven't listened to them you might like to try that out as well. If you sign up for Audible on Amazon you can get 2 books for free!
And don't forget the movies! They're such well done movies and it's always fun to compare them to the books. In fact, this month we're comparing the second Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, to it's movie adaptation on From Cover to Reel. The episode should be out soon (hopefully tomorrow but if not then Friday).
So what do you think? Will you be giving the Harry Potter books another read (or a read for the first time)? Have you read them before? What was your first introduction to the books? Let us know in the comments below!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!