Harry Potter #1 Reread – spoiler discussion!

As I’m sure you’ve all caught onto by now, I’m slightly obsessed with Harry Potter. *Ahem – sarcasm! I have a deep seeded love for this series…… and it’s something I fought for the longest time! When the first book became popular, I was older than most of you. I was in high school, in my mid teens actually. So when people were talking about this “kids book” about a magic school with witches and wizards….. I thought it was lame…… I was too old and too cool for shit like that! The next 2 books were published and everyone was STILL going on about this series and then I heard that they were going to be movies…… and I still refused them! It wasn’t until I saw the book for like 4$ when I decided that I would finally give it a go. I finished the first book within a few hours and immediately ran to the store and picked up books 2 and 3. I was hooked!

I’ve read the first book in the series well over 10 times (Okay, maybe close to 20) but it’s been many years since I’ve done a reread of the whole series! For some reason, fall seems like the perfect time for a reread! I’ve been fighting reading slumps on and off this year and I really needed something comfortable and familiar – this is just what I needed.

Before I get into the meat of this post – THIS IS A DISCUSSION THAT WILL CONTAIN DETAILS AND SPOILERS! So please, if you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, don’t go further!

Just like the movie:
The first thing that I’m always surprised by is how close it is the the movie – as in word for word. Not that that’s a bad thing! As someone who’s watched the movies so often that i’m surprised the DVD still works, it’s a nice feeling actually! I felt like I could see all their facial expressions and the school in the background. And I even thought the lines before I saw them on the page.

More quiddich!
One thing about this series that I missed in the movies was Quiddich. The game is such a huge part of the book series but doesn’t get as much screen time in the movies. I LOVE the quiddich scenes! And the commentary from Lee is absolutely hilarious! I also remember him having a bigger part in the books – and his sass is epic! I love that he would get scolded for his off hand comments and then find a way of insulting without actually being insulting.

Gay Dumbledore?
Years ago when the internet was losing its shit over the fact that Dumbledore was gay, I remembered thinking that there wasn’t any red flags that I could recall. Well, there are actually! His description is quite flamboyant actually! There was talk about him wearing sparkles and a flowery bonnet….. just saying.

The potions task:
The biggest shock every time I read it though? The potion trial at the end of the book! Like I said, I watch the movies SO OFTEN that I replace my knowledge of the books with the movie version. I WISH that the movie version had that scene in it! The potions all lined up with a carefully worded riddle to solve it, all while wondering if you choose the wrong potion if it will mean your death or some other equally awful side effect. Heroine did solve it pretty quickly though. But still – I think it would have made a great cinematic scene! BUT – the real reason I wished it was in the movie – it actually explains how Hermoine and Ron get back into the school after Harry takes the final task. I always hated that part of the movie. I like answers to my questions!

Flower divider

The first two books are very close to the movies so there isn’t a lot to talk about with those. It’s books 3 and on that are going to surprise me because I haven’t read them as often! Is there anything in the first book you don’t remember? Or any pieces of the puzzle that you remember? All I can say is that I’m SO glad I’m finally doing a reread! I needed this!

Until next time, happy reading!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Only read first book and thought nice children’s book. To offend everyone more I have been in the room when all movies played but barely took any of it in. But then I’m not keen on watching films to be fair. Good to read your post as gives me an insight into the HP world without having to read the big thick books or watch long movies.

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    1. There’s different things for everyone! Never apologize for something not being to your taste 🙂

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  2. Samantha D. says:

    I am actually going to read the first Harry Potter book out loud at my library, one chapter at a time this fall! I am hoping to be able to share the magic of this series with a new generation of kids; some of which might not have the luxury of having a book read to them in class like I got to experience growing up.

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  3. Jordan says:

    This is so fun and nostalgic! It’s making me want to read this series again too! If only I had the time right now lol

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  4. I loved Lee’s quidditch commentary! I didn’t read the series until I was about 12

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  5. The quidditch scenes are one of my favourite parts of the books, the films seem too quick in comparison, there isn’t as much detail. I probably remember the book more because I usually watch the last four films (the acting is much better than when they’re just little ones!) I love Harry’s inner monologue from all the films, and the descriptions of Hogwarts make it seem so whacky, Peeves, random vanishing stairs etc. I can’t wait to see your posts on the rest of the series!

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    1. Peeves! I mean, what he even mentioned in the movies at all?!? And he’s the best one!

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      1. I know it’s madness! He’s such a key part of the Hogwarts experience!!

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  6. @k_lpoetry says:

    I watched the film of the first Potter book again recently and was really disappointed the potions scene at the end got cut! I could understand why some of the dragon egg / taking Norbert up to the tower / detention in the forest got edited but I would have liked to seen that potions scene. I believe Peeves was cut purposely from the films which I thought was a shame too.

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