Week One: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
“I open at the close.” For the beginning of my reading challenge (one book a week!), I’ve read the last book of the Harry Potter series and I must admit, I’m feeling rather empty at this moment (see my IT-CAN’T-BE-OVER face below).
Believe it or not, this was my first read through! I was not one of those kids who grew up with Harry Potter, as I’m sure many of you did. I wasn’t allowed to read it when I was younger, and then I didn’t rediscover it until I finally picked up The Philosopher’s Stone a few years ago. WHAT took me so long!!
I had a lot of expectations going in, of course. Nearly every single one of my friends had read the books and were shocked that I had never before made the journey to Hogwarts. I wondered if the books would live up to the hype, if after completing the series that has been cherished by millions, I would come to cherish them as well. Turns out, I have. This was the first book series that caused me to love every single book within it. The first series that always made me laugh, cry, made my heart beat fast with anticipation, and certainly the one which made me dread turning that last page the most. It felt like it could have gone on forever but, like all good things, it had to end.
I knew I wanted to finish The Deathly Hallows in my last year of university and with my graduation ceremony in a few weeks, I have just managed it! I was torn between desperately wanting to know how it ended and trying to make it last as long as possible and, finally, the former won out. These books have taught me wonderful things about friendship, love, and where true bravery lies. If I ever get the chance, I would gladly shake J.K. Rowling’s hand and thank her.
While I didn’t get the chance to grow up with Harry, reading these books through my university years is an experience that I wouldn’t change for anything.
Tell me, how was your experience finishing Harry Potter? Anyone else reading for the first time?