Monday, July 19, 2010

Harry Potter

     Just saying that name aloud makes me smile.  Did J.K. realize how important that name would be when she put Harry together with Potter and added James and Lily.  Having my children spread out in ages a bit has given me the rare treat of repeating my HP love all over again.  I was delighted when my 7-year-old broached the subject of reading the first Harry Potter to her.  I jumped at the chance, of course.  Her desire to start the series came through her older siblings and school chums, who naturally got the fever from their older siblings...and so on...

     I remember  my own fever of waiting for the delivery of each book, wrapped in brown paper, hiding its magical contents.   We attended many HP coming out parties for both books and movies, staying up late to drink witch's brew and eat Bertie Bott's every flavor beans.  After the first book came out our local mall hosted a HP look-a-like contest and our now 15-year-old, ever dramatic, dressed the part.  He didn't win but we had such a great time talking with the many other participants.   Several summer vacations are memorable as we traveled across the country to the sounds of  Jim Dale keeping us silent, in rapt attention as he magically read all the parts with perfect detail!  Ahhh, the memories! 

     Peaceful Girl, her dad and I finished the first book soon after our Michigan trip and are almost half way through the second book and we are finishing the first movie as I type.  This, for me, as a teacher, is what summer is all about...the fact that I can hold my little ones hand as she watches the Hogwart's Express take Harry, Ron and Hermione away!

Click for J.K. Rowling's website.

How about you?  How many tmies have you reread any of the Harry Potter books?  Do you remember great HP parties?


Anonymous said...

You don't even want to know how many times I've read the Harry Potter books and listened to them and watched the movies. Countless times.

My girl liked them OK to listen to. She was a little old to read them and she not a big reader anyway. However, to my sorrow, she has never read or listened to Book #7. I mean, really. How can she not? LOL Grown kids. They're a puzzle! :-)

Tif Sweeney said...

I cannot even remember how many times I have re-read these books!!!! I love them so much and the magic never stops for me no matter how many times I pick them up! However, I must admit . . . I am re-reading them again at the moment and this is my first re-read all the way through #1-#7. Loving them once again!!!!

I through a big party at my own house when the 7th book was released with all sorts of trivia and great wizarding dishes. When I post my re-read reviews, I should post some pictures of the food! It was so much fun . . . dragon snot, chocolate worms, cockroach clusters, cauldron cakes, acid pops, crystal cheese ball, etc. Yum, yum, yum!!! :)

Janssen said...

I cannot wait to read them to my children. Oh, how I love Harry Potter.