Rereading Harry Potter


I recently decided to reread all the Harry Potter books in order. It just seemed like the right thing to do.

I don’t know how long it had been since my last read; at least five years. I only know that because I’ve been on Goodreads for five years, and I hadn’t “read” them yet.

I know some people get apprehensive about rereading beloved books, but in general, I don’t. Even if they don’t hold up, I tend to remember why I loved them and that makes it okay, even if there are more flaws than I remember.

For me, Harry Potter was just as good as it always was, maybe even better. It was lovely to watch Harry, Hermione, and Ron grow up all over again. For me, they’ll always be 17. It was just as hard to watch the deaths of the people and creatures I loved, but the triumph of good over evil was just as gratifying as ever.

When I did a search about “rereading Harry Potter,” I came up with lots of blogs and articles talking about the books’ flaws, and I think that’s the easy way out. Criticizing something is easy, and for some reason, it’s trendy to criticize things that are popular.

Loving something despite its flaws, acknowledging them and still being able to say, “That was a fantastic ride” is something else. Being critical of things has become almost a virtue in modern society. It’s not cool to like something too much or be a fan. Being too sincere is actually a flaw according to many people.

But I remember the purity of being a Harry Potter fan, of standing in line at the bookstore at midnight, waiting for the book to release. I remember the debate: Is Snape good or evil? The drama: Will Harry live or die? No, I can’t recapture exactly what that felt like, but I can remember.

Rereading Harry Potter was fun, and I didn’t try to notice the flaws. I read it and loved it and accepted it just as it is. And to me, it’s still perfect.

What books are still perfect to you, despite their flaws?

7 comments on “Rereading Harry Potter

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    I’ve been meaning to do that too. I never finished the series although I watched the movies and we own all the books. I’ve been concentrating on reading books that fall within the PopSugar challenge every year but maybe just reading is the key anyway.

    • doreeweller says:

      I used “a reread of a favorite book” for the first one, at least. I’m sure some of the others oculd fit into categories too, like “a book that makes you nostalgic.” The movies were fine, but the books were so much better. If you’ve never finished them, I highly recommend it. It’s so worth it.

  2. eschudel says:

    I agree with you about Harry Potter. I reread them every couple of years, and enjoy them every time!

  3. I must admit I’ve yet to read the novels, although someday, I plan to. I only watched the movies (all of ’em) within the last year, and enjoyed them a lot. I still have argument with my sister about Snape. She hates him (loves his portrayer, Alan Rickman, of course), mainly because Snape killed Dumbledore. I keep trying to explain the various reasons why he HAD to. Oh, well. Anyway, although I’ve never read Rowling’s books, I can still recognize that her plotting of the Potter novels was incredible.

    • doreeweller says:

      I think Snape’s motivation is better explained in the books than in the movie. It becomes a lot clearer that Dumbledore put Snape in an impossible situation and that he had to, as you said. There’s so much missing from the movies.

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