The Texture Of Things

Harry, I Love You. Let’s Never Part Again,
Conclusion to “Essay on Harry Potter”

August 22nd, 2007

Go read this post first, then this post.

Also, if you are trying to avoid spoilers, this post and the one before it are safe. The first one is not.

It took a couple days for the afterglow of Deathly Hallows to fade, then I found myself rummaging through my bookshelf for books 1-3. I’ve moved since reading the first three, so I didn’t expect to find them easily. (Books 4-7 are within arm’s reach.) As it turns out, I cannot find them at all.

So I did what any other self-respecting book junkie would do: I ordered new copies. They should be here this week, just in time for me to be done grading my summer-semester-from-hell but before the crush of a new term.

Ah, Harry Potter.

I can’t decide if I’m a little embarrassed that I’m diving headlong into the series from the start again (because, Good Lord, did I or did I not just spend the last chunk of my life reading them?) or if I’m acting on something a bestest friend said the day we went to see the Order of the Phoenix movie.

SuperAwesomeFriend: What does it matter if you [hurry through/skip parts of] a book? If it’s a good book, you know you’re going to read it again. If it’s not, you saved yourself from wasting your time.
Me: Wait. What?
SAF: Listen, you dope, do I need to write it down for you?
Me: Um, maybe.

Okay, those last lines were made up, but I’m really just going for the gist here.

She’s right. The books were good. I missed a big chunk of book 4, plus it’s been ages since I’ve read the first three, plus I might have rushed a bit through 5, 6, and 7. You know, just a bit.

So, I’m going to re-read them, and I’m anticipating a different reading experience. I expect I’ll be able to read at whatever pace I want, savoring plot points differently now that I know how it all ends. I don’t know what to expect as to the pace and urgency of the last 3 books on a second read, but it’ll be fun to find out. Or, I’ll just quit after Azkaban. That one is, after all, my favorite of the first 3. In the end, who cares besides me? No one. Except maybe the other Harry Potter devotees. If there are any out there.


  1. Summer says

    Can I tell you how excited I am that my kid is now old enough for Harry Potter? Maybe some would consider 4.5 a bit young (and I know that there’s an out-there segment of my family-in-law who think Harry Potter is a ticket to Hell for people of any age) but he wants Harry Potter, he knows how to work the DVD player and he started watching the first movie of his own accord. Over the course of a week, he watched the first four movies, and then we started reading the first book at bedtime, half a chapter or so at a time. We start chapter 8, “The Potions Master,” tonight, can’t wait, cause I love me some Snape. I’m just delighted to have this chance to go through all the books again, SLOWLY. And I’m thankful that for the moment, at least, I’m spared from reading about cheeky little engines. It took me 4.5 years to get to read him something I like. That’s a lot of cheeky engines.

    August 22nd, 2007 | #

  2. admin says

    Oh Summer, I’ve been reading your blog since just before you made that awesome train cake, and you are not exaggerating – your life has been all tank engines, all the time for quite a while. So:

    Yay for reading HP together! Yay!

    August 23rd, 2007 | #

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