Tuesday, July 14, 2009

HP & the HBP Tonight

I'm posting a little late tonight. Mainly because when I got home from work I figured a nap was in order so I would be fully awake to see Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince tonight. So I figured in honor I would post a little about my Harry Potter history.

The funny thing is I "discover" Harry Potter before it really became mainstream. I remember being in a bookstore around when I was in 8th or 9th grade (aka around '98). (It was a Border's if you're really that curious.) I was in the children/teen/young adult section looking for something to new too read. (Even back then I was reading constantly.) I saw I book that really only jumped out at me due to the cover. Of course this was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I picked it up skimmed the inside cover, and decided the book didn't sound nearly as exciting as the cover made it look so I put it back.

I kept exploring, and eventually my mom found me and told me to make my final selections. Along with the books I wanted, I figured I'd show her the fun book cover I found. She read the insides and said something along the lines of, "I'm sure your brother would love this!" I was a little surprised since I didn't think it sounded that amazing, but if she thought so.

Secretly I was hoping a little inside that my brother wouldn't like the books that much, and that I would have been right. Clearly that wasn't the case. My brother, like everyone else LOVED them. This must have been around the holiday, because I remember driving down to my grandparents house and my brother reading various aspects of the book. I specifically remember him reading several scenes at the Dursley's. Since he loved them so much, I figured I should probably read them as well. And not long afterwards the rest of the world followed! I'm glad I was such a trendsetter. (OK, maybe I wasn't the FIRST person to get in Harry Potter, but I was least one of the first right?)



  1. I was totally a late joiner in the HP craze. I never thought I'd like them since I'm not big on fantasy/make believe books these days. But I was in a train station in Germany in November of 2004. I had finished the book I brought and was desperate for another book to make the train rides tolerable. The only book in English that I hadn't read was Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone. So I gave it a shot. And boy was I HOOKED after that! I had to buy the next book at the next train station, and quickly read the other books that were in print when I got home.

    Even though I ADORE the books, I actually haven't ever seen any of the movies. Sacrilege, right? I'll get around to it one of these days...

  2. I have to wait until Saturday to see this and I'm soooo freaking excited! I love the books and I've re-read this in preps for the movie!!!!!! You'll have to let us all know how good it is!

  3. Ugh we went tonight to buy tickets and the soonest we can go is THURSDAY! Sold out until then! I'm not a huge fan of the movies anyways, but Eric LOVES them. Those are definitely the best books I've ever read. In fact, I think I should really re-read them again soon. I've read the first 4 at least three times each! But not the last three!

  4. I never got into Harry Potter but my friend is obsessed and still begs me to read the books/see the movies. I did get into Twilight which would make you think I would hop on the HP bandwagon. Maybe I will one day.

    I hope that you enjoy the movie!

  5. That's so cool!!! I think I was a mid-joiner...My friend was an early joiner and she's the one who told me I should read them. I'd say it must've been in...2000 maybe? Anyways, back then I didn't speak english so I had to read the first 3 in french, but by the time the 4th one came out I decided to try them out in English :) I think I started reading them right at the right time because I didn't have to wait too long for the next one to come out ;)