Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Birthday to the Boy Who Lived!! + Pottermore Read-Along

Just like almost every other avid reader out there my age, Harry Potter is my favorite book series basically ever. I remember when I was about eight and my mom bought me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. She bought it on a whim one day at our local Barnes and Noble just because she had heard some good things about it. I also remember not really wanting to read it but at the time it was a thing my mom and I did that she would read me a chapter out of a book every night until we finished it. We basically flew through books one and two and I remember going up to a bookseller and being wholly disappointed when she told me book three wasn't out yet. That was the start of my love for the world of Harry Potter. 

I've just come back from vacation at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. If you're a Potter fan and you haven't been there, I highly recommend it. It was my first time going and it was so much fun to be able to walk into Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. It literally felt like walking onto the movie set. We had lunch at The Leaky Cauldron on the first day and then at The Three Broomsticks the next. (Butterbeer is amazing, by the way.) Both the Escape from Gringotts and the Forbidden Journey rides are amazing and so so much fun. One of my favorite random tidbits was definitely when (as one generally has to do) I was in the bathroom in Hogsmeade and Moaning Myrtle's voice started talking over the stalls asking if anyone had seen Harry Potter.

After being back for a week, I'm still 100% on a Harry Potter kick. Not even the weekend long marathon on ABC Family satisfied me. Nor has practically doubling my Harry Potter related Pinterest boards. So for the month of August (starting as soon as I finish the book I'm currently reading) I'm going to be rereading all seven books. I've been wanting to reread the books for about a year now but I keep putting it off in favor of all the new books I've yet to read. I haven't reread the series since right before the last movie came out when I decided I needed to prepare myself for the last time ever and reread the entire series. But this time, I'm going to be doing it a little differently. I plan on reading each book side by side with the Pottermore extras. I never really took the time to thoroughly read through all the extra things J.K. Rowling has added to the books through Pottermore and I figure during a reread is the perfect time.

There's no set time frame for how I'm reading the books. I just plan on rereading them all through August. So, if you're in the mood for a Harry Potter reread even if it's just one or two of the books, feel free to join me in my Pottermore Read-along. Or if you don't have time to do a reread and you have a Pottermore account, add me on Pottermore. I sincerely have no idea what I'm doing there. I've been sorted into Ravenclaw (obviously. If I wasn't, Pottermore and I were going to have problems) and I recently won 5 house points by dueling. That is the full extent of what I know how to do. My mouthful of a randomly generated screen name is MoonstoneStorm31177.

I'm also considering doing a Harry Potter related giveaway but I haven't decided on what I want to giveaway just yet so more information on that to come soon. I hope some of you can join me in my long awaited reread but if not, I hope to see you on Pottermore and, of course:

Happy 35th Birthday to Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived.
Our little Harry is all grown up.
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