This is one of my all-time favorite series and I can’t get enough of it, including the movies. There are so many people that have said they’ve never read the books, or even seen the movies, and have no intention of doing so. That’s perfectly fine and completely their decision. However, I really think they are missing out on a fantastic series. Even if they don’t watch the movies, at least read the books as there is such a wonderful and crazy world that has been created by J. K. Rowling. Or even if they watch the movies only and not read the books, go for it! Give them a chance! Don’t blame me though if you end up watching the movies and then decide to dig into the books (insert evil laugh here).
I’ll be the first to admit that I actually wasn’t a fan of the books myself when they had first been released. My mom had bought them and started reading them to my little brother, I would sit there and try and listen to her as she read them aloud, but I couldn’t seem to get into them all that much. I came to find out that I needed to pick them up and read them myself instead of listening to someone else do it. It allowed for the world it created in my head to feel so much more alive. And I quickly fell in love with them. I’ve reread the series a few times and am in the middle of book four at the moment. Even though I’ve read them all a couple of times since they’ve been out, I always forgot about some detail here and there as the books are packed with a ton of fun and intriguing details.
I’ve watched the movies countless times as well. The first three, the ones referenced in this post, are the ones that keep the closest to how the books are written. Granted, the first three books are also the shortest so I suppose that made it easier to keep up with the books. One of the biggest missing pieces in the movies that I really wish they would have added is Peeves, a poltergeist that haunts the halls of Hogwarts. He would have brought some great entertainment to the movies like he does within the books.
I really believe that anyone and everyone should give this series a chance as it will bring such enjoyment to their lives. They’ll make you believe in the real possibility of magic, and who doesn’t like magic?!
About Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
About Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls’ bathroom. But then the real trouble begins – someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself!
About Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he’s after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can’t imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair.
Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry’s success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer.
But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.