BOOK 1 = DONE
I'm a little behind on my reading, I should have finished Sorcerer's Stone yesterday, but with the whole last week of school going on, it slowed me down quite a bit. But now it's summer vacation and I can read as much as I want, provided I still squeeze some writing/editing time in!
I literally just turned the last page of Sorcerer's Stone and figured I'd check in and see where everyone else is.
I (of course) enjoyed revisiting book one. To be honest, I think it's been a long while since I've read it, maybe 2007 when Deathly Hallows came out. I've seen the HP1 movie SO many times, I had forgotten all the things that were changed or were different between the book and the film.
It was interesting to see the characters from this angle. Harry seemed to be quite a bit more precocious and confident once he left the Dursleys in the book, yet I saw him as a little more timid in the movie. Hermione was highly unlikable in the book until the troll incident. I really had trouble picturing her as the movie Hermione until the second half of the book.
I also found it fascinating that there were a lot of hints to things in the future, the mentions of Ginny, the cloak, the impending return of moldy Voldy, the prophecy, etc. It makes me wonder (and maybe someone does know this) if Jo Rowling had quite possibly outlined the entire series before/while writing the first book. And maybe it wasn't a hard outline, but it was really amazing to see references to things that become huge plot points 4 to 6 books down the road. Just brilliant.
There was also a cool reference at the beginning to Hagrid's motorcycle really belonging to Sirius. And the words that are engraved on the Mirror of Erised, if you read them backwards the phrase makes sense! I already knew Erised was Desire backwards, but I don't remember noticing the whole phrase was backwards!
So did you finish? Any thoughts? Leave them below in the Comments!