Rereading Harry Potter⚡✨: Book 1-4

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Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

I’M SMILING SO HARD RIGHT NOW.

I forgot how much I love this world and characters! It’s been a long time since the last time I touch a potter book (the last time being DH release) and even then, I read the translated version. Reading the english version for the first time almost felt like experiencing the magic for the first time again, which is amazing. It baffles me how new the story felt; despite knowing what happened next, I still rush through the book because I can’t wait what happened next because I felt like reading a new book with the language difference.

I never realized how sassy Harry is! He delivered quite a number of sass, burns, and quips to made me laughed out loud. I really enjoyed feeling in awe of Hogwarts, everything felt brand new and the description made me feel like I am wandering the castle with Harry; it’s just so atmospheric! I also have a lot of feelings about other characters: respect towards Dumbledore, hatred towards Filch and Draco, even annoyance towards Hermione at first! I mean, movie!Hermione was pretty annoying at first, but she really was a know-it-all in this book 😬 It’s really amazing for a children’s book with such a fun vibe, HP managed to have some serious underlying tones such as love and dark power, but the most obvious, Harry’s longing towards a family and making a name by his own. I love love love it and I should reread this series more often!

Rating: ✨✨✨✨✨
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter 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 named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter 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, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts 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!

Ahh I feel bad I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first, but with a series that has 7 books in it, obviously there will be some books you are bound to not enjoy right??

This one felt more darker and slower than the previous one, Harry is not discovering the wizarding world anymore so there’s no ~new wonder~ feeling about it anymore, except when he was in The Burrow. It’s my favorite part of the books because a) discovering how the magical people live and b) the weasleys! It’s also really fun reading how even Hermione is not immune to Lockhart’s charms, if I were Ron or Harry, I wouldn’t let her live it down 😂 The rest of the book felt really long, and while the last three chapters were great, it felt like a really quick fight when compared to the whole book build up.

Not really related, but I saw some tumblr post pointing out Draco ripping a paper out from a book in Flourish & Blotts in the movie scene and people are ~convinced~ he gave it to Hermione because, hey, it’s Hermione!!! Why would she rip off a library book?? As a Dramione shipper, I really enjoyed this theory, however Hermione did rip the book and carry the paper when she was petrified in the book, so sadly fellow Dramione shippers, that is not the proof we are looking for.

I can’t wait to read PoA because it’s my favorite book and movie, I hope my feelings are still the same!

Rating: ✨✨.5
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of the Azkaban

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts… he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may be a traitor in their midst.

Sadly, despite the movie being my favorite, the book is definitely my least favorite out of the first 4.

Reading this book really made me realize how much the movie toned down the character’s behavior because, well…. reading the book made me feel like they are magnified 10x times or something. Harry is too nosy and strongheaded for his own good, Ron, knowing how much danger Sirius Black is, and how much everyone try to keep Harry alive, encourages this behaviour. It’s a wonder how they survive 7 years of Hogwarts while always running head first into danger without care of the consequences.

On the other hand, Snape is really nasty in this book. Like, VERY nasty. But then again, seeing your past tormentor together with the child of your enemy (who looks like his splitting image) may be too much to handle. Especially in the end, that is the nastiest version of Snape I’ve read in this first 4 books. Draco Malfoy is also made me want to smack him with a dictionary for being so insufferable all the time.

Really, the movie is being too nice with them.

But let’s talk about the man himself, the prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black. SIRIUS BLACK IS AMAZING and I cried a lot bc I know what fate awaits him *sobs* I can’t even read the chapter where they leave the Shrieking Shack, Sirius reminincing about his school days, and offering Harry too live with him. It’s just too happy, too hopeful, too bright; knowing what’s coming for them really makes my heart hurts.

Despite being my least favorite book in the series so far, this book already inspired 3 Potter-themed discussions for July so it’s not all bad 😉

Rating: ✨✨
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards.

And in this case, different can be deadly.

Despite being put off by the sheer size of this book, GoF ended up being my second favorite in the series. It is really fast paced, even when there is no action, there is always something. From celebrations, to terror, to intrigue… it’s just really fun to read!

Other reason why this book is one of my favorite is because of the celebratory mood throughout the book. I think I can safely say that JKR is really gifted with words; her setting is just so atmospheric and it’s so easy to sympathize with Harry’s feelings. From Quidditch World Cup, to Triwizard Tournament, to the Yule Ball… this book has A LOT to celebrate for!

The negative is, this book really seals the deal for Ron to me. I didn’t like him because he’s even more impulsive than Harry AND he encourages Harry’s impulsive behavior. He can’t go out at night? Why the heck not Harry you have the map and invisibility cloak????

Well maybe NO because there’s always someone targeting the famous Harry Potter??? How about that Ron???

He’s also ignorant (99% of the time when someone is passing important information, Ron’s response is “so what?), very hot-headed, and jealous. I’m not a Romione shipper so I don’t find his jealousy cute, especially how horrible he was with her last year. It’s super unfair how he can have a crush towards Fleur but he ruins Hermione night only because she went with Viktor- even though he IS  Viktor fan! And then, being jealous of Harry? That guy lost everything! And anyway, it’s not like he tries harder to be famous, which something that really irks me. Harry is famous yes, but Hermione is also famous- for being the brightest witch. And despite that, she still continues to study! Ron… well he doesn’t do anything other than sulking and glaring if someone comes near to Harry and Hermione 😠

*deeps breath*

Anyways, I love how much more information about Voldemort we got in this book. In a way, this is a turning point of the series. Cedric’s death marks Voldemort’s return and with it, the stories got darker as the war became nearer. In a way, it is a fun book, but it is also the last time Harry will be truly happy.

Now time to move on to book 5, where a certain death really scarred me.

Rating: ✨✨✨✨.5

Which book is your favorite? Which book is your least favorite? Do you prefer the movies or the books?

tasya

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10 Replies to “Rereading Harry Potter⚡✨: Book 1-4”

  1. I loved this rereading post!! I’m a huge Potterhead so I can’t not click on a post that says re-reading HP 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed the four books so much ❤

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  2. This was so much fun to read (and I love the set out of this post so much?)
    Funnily enough, book 2 & 5 are my favourites, I think Lockhart is hilarious and he is what really sets that book apart for me and apparently I love pain because OOTP is so much fun to read, not only is Harry going through puberty and being an angsty little sh*t, but he’s also trying to deal with these horrible and complex new characters (*coughs* Umbridge can choke), but he’s also learning how cruel the Government can be now that they’re now bowing down to him and sucking up.

    I totally feel you on not enjoying Prisoner of Azkaban though. It used to be my favourites, I would know whole paragraphs off by heart and I could tell you pretty much every single plot point in the book. But, now it’s actually one of my least favourites?? I’ve found that the characters are quite different, Snape is a whole new level of a-hole, and I really don’t like Sirius Black.

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  3. “”But let’s talk about the man himself, the prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black. SIRIUS BLACK IS AMAZING and I cried a lot bc I know what fate awaits him *sobs* I can’t even read the chapter where they leave the Shrieking Shack, Sirius reminincing about his school days, and offering Harry too live with him. It’s just too happy, too hopeful, too bright; knowing what’s coming for them really makes my heart hurts.””
    My exact feelings!
    The first time was hard enough when the book gets over with Sirius being a fugitive when they had just discussed such an amazing alternative…but after knowing what’s going to happen….it’s too painful to talk about

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  4. AAAARGH you make me want to reread the books ASAP! I actually reread the 7 books two years back and I while I used to religiously read them all every year previously, adult me just can’t seem to find the time for it 😦 Felt so nostalgic reading through your reactions, though- I wonder how my tastes have changed since I last read them! Loved this post, Tasya, hope you have even more fun with the remaining books!

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  5. This is seriously tempting me to go do my own reread of HP. It’s been forever and I’m curious to see if they hold up now that I’m an adult. My favourite is hands-down The Goblet of Fire. My first copy of that book is in complete tatters. 😀 Least favourite is probably Chamber of Secrets, for similar reasons you mentioned!

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  6. I am currently stuck on The Goblet of Fire and can’t seem to get past it. I agree about Ron though. I felt that Hermione could have made a better romantic decision. He sulks from like books 4-6, and then half of 7 until he realizes “wow I actually care about her the way she has cared about me for years and now I have to do something!”

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  7. Ohh I love reading others’ opinions on HP books, especially when they’re re-reading them. My favorite is probably Order of the Phoenix, and I really like Prisoner of Azkaban (oops) and Half-Blood Prince as well! 🙂

    Lovely post, Tasya! ❤

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  8. Goblet of Fire is definitely one of my favorites in the series. I love sassy Harry, it makes me want to reread the entire series and write down all his snarky lines!

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  9. I LOVED READING THIS POST. As an avid fan and rereader of Harry Potter, it just makes me so happy to hear all your reactions to the story (even though it’s your second time!). 🙂 The wizarding world is indeed a happy place to be!! (ya know, when Voldemort isn’t around)

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