Harry Potter

Harry Potter
By J.K. Rowling

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I feel like THE worst bibliophile and Harry Potter fan on the planet!
Apparently, yesterday was the 20th Anniversary (that makes me feel super old, by the way) of the release of the very first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and I did not do a single post about it.

I can still remember the excitement of reading that very first book in the series; cracking it open and smelling the pages of a fresh book. I also remember the anticipation and dread when we had to wait for the next book in the series to arrive; it always felt like an eternity.
I was not always able to go to the midnight release of the next book, but I did go to a few of them. How about you? Did you attend any midnight release parties?

Those that have never read the books just cannot seem to understand the culture that has developed around Harry Potter.
Yes I am old. By society’s standards, I should not be so infatuated with a youth fiction book series. However, when I first began reading them, I was not, by any means, considered “old”. I grew up with Harry, Ron, Hermione and Hagrid. It led me to a whole unexplored genre of literature. And now, I have passed that world down to my oldest son. We have read every single Harry Potter book together, me reading aloud to him. After each book was completed, we watched the corresponding movie together. It has been a wonderful bonding time for us and it has given me some common ground to stay connected to my teenager.

Harry Potter has created memories for people, bonded families over shared literature, and helped children delve into reading when they otherwise would have had no interest. Harry Potter has provided an escape from real life for those whom need it, created a shared culture for those who may have never known such fabulous people existed, and opened up a love of reading for many that never saw reading as enjoyable.

Yes, there has been some controversy, but is that not what makes a book great?

I have read each book multiple times (too many than I will admit to) and each time I still feel that wonderful flutter that happens when you open a book for the first time; a book that you know is going to be incredible.

The Harry Potter Movies were never as good as the books; movies never are. There really is just not enough time to capture the true heart of the story or to develop the unmistakable essence of each character in a 2-3 hour movie. Overall, the movies were decent. My only complaint was that they completely changed some of the story-line. I can understand that there is not room to put everything into the movie, but I do not understand why it is necessary to change the original story.

For fun, here are some Harry Potter websites you can peruse to relive some of those favorite moments, 20 years later.

Pottermore
Why Harry Potter Matters 20 Years Later

84 Magical Facts about Harry Potter

25 Harry Potter Facts That Will Knock You Off Your Broomstick
8 Books J.K. Rowling Recommends
Reading Harry Potter with My Older Brother
A Magical Harry Potter Wonderland
Harry Potter Snowflakes
20 Years of Harry Potter
Harry Potter: 10 Most Highlighted lines on the Kindle

I would love to hear in the comments how Harry Potter has touched or changed YOUR life or the lives of your children.

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Monday Musings

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I have encouraged reading and books to my children. Books have always been available to them. From board books as they were babies just learning to grasp items all the way up to bookshelves full of books bought and given as gifts.

This is currently my oldest son’s headboard.

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I think that *maybe* access to all of those books his entire life might have stuck. LOL
Like me, he tends to read multiple books at a time, depending on his mood. He also reads the same books over and over; some as many as 10 times.

He has always been an avid reader. Whether this is nature or nurture, nobody knows.
His reading ability and level of comprehension has always been way over his actual age level. I have struggled almost his whole life to find new and interesting books; for a 13 year old boy who reads at a college level vocabulary and comprehension, loves fantasy and science fiction, but that is age appropriate in the content and story-line. The struggle is real people.

I have put together a list of resources for book lists in case you have struggled with this as much as I have.

The 50 Best Read-Aloud Chapter Books for Young Kids
50 Books for Kids
67 Books Every Geek Should Read to their Kids
The Big Long List of Good Books (Grades 4-6)
A Summer Reading List for Tweens
Middle School Classical Books
100 Must Read Books for Books for Middle Grades for Summer
Summer Reading List for 8th and 9th Graders
Great Girls from Books You Daughter Should Know
40 Chapter Books for Girls
Top Read-Aloud Books Starring Mighty Girls
10 Books to Read to Your Daughter
The Ultimate Book List for Boys
Character Building Chapter Books for Boys
Book List for Christian Boys
The Mighty Boy Reading List
Historical Fiction for Kids

Do you know of a great Book list for kids?
Any suggestions for my own 13 year old avid reader?

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