This post by Jennifer Flaten
I am a Harry Potter fan. I’ll admit, not from the very beginning. Actually, when they first came out I considered them only for young adults. Then a coworker talked the book up. She was reading the series with one of her kids, and was surprised to find herself enjoying the story.
Despite her recommendation, I still wasn’t sure if I should read it, my kids were too young for me to read it with them and it felt weird reading it by myself. One day at the library, I couldn’t find any new releases I wanted. As I walked headed into the kids section to find some books for the kids my eyes were drawn to the Harry Potter shelf.
There must have been six copies of each of the books. Since I didn’t have anything else to read, I grabbed the Sorcerer’s Stone.
I read it in one night. From then on, I was hooked. I read each book and spent time an embarrassingly large amount of time dissecting the plot with my husband. Who, I might mention is a great sport, because he hadn’t read the book himself. He smiled and nodded in the appropriate places during my rants about characters and plot development.
As the kids got older they decided, on their own, to read the series. All three tried the series, but only two loved the books. One kid preferred to wait for us to watch the movie version.
My husband, feeling left out, decided to read the series, although, he didn’t really broadcast that information to anyone outside our immediate family.
He loved it. I think he’s read the entire series twice. We spent several family movie nights watching the movie series. We own the DVD boxed set and several Harry Potter themed Lego sets.
Since we missed the movies in the theater first run, we decided to see at least on the movies during this theater run. Last night we saw the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was great. People came wearing house scarves, a Weasely sweater and one person had a wand, which they lit it up and waved round at the end of the movie to a thunderous round of applause.
It was great fun, so much so that we might go to another one.