When I decided to finally bite the bullet and read the Harry Potter series, I never expected that it would have an effect on my reading habits. Obviously, I love reading, but as someone who reads a lot of adult fiction, I’m never too shocked or surprised about the books I’m reading. Let me clarify. Even thought I don’t know the where the plot is headed, I can visualize what it means if an author sets a book in algonquin park or if an author has a character that has asperger’s syndrome. But in picking up the 2nd book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I had no idea how a flying car would work and I wouldn’t have been able to picture what a house-elf looks like. Nothing is as it seems and it turns out, I think that’s pretty awesome.
I won’t tap into too much of what the book is about as many of you know what happens, but I will say that I didn’t love this book as much as I did the first book. Now that being said, there’s a lot of pieces of the puzzle that are slowly developing that I can only assume will be a part of the bigger picture as the series progresses. And as much as I’m trying to avoid spoilers, they seem to be inevitable (thank you BuzzFeed) and J.K. Rowling and your recent confession.
I’m so glad that I’ve a part of this challenge and that it’s helping me feel like a kid all over again. Now I get why people rush to Universal Studios to try butter beer and travel in and out of Hogwart themed shops (man, I really did not take advantage of that experience last year). I’m also so glad that the books are helping me to enjoy a genre of reading that expands my imagination. It turns out that not everything has to be set in stone and make believe can be a lot of fun… who knew?
For more information about the Harry Potter Challenge, visit Just a Lil’ Lost’s sign up post and check out my thoughts of reading the first book in the series. And if you’re chatting about it online, be sure to use the hashtag #HPreread.
Now I’m off to start Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban…