I’m Just Wild About Harry…
Since seeing Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway last month, I’ve been on a bit of a Harry Potter kick. My summer vacation from school is waning, and I’m wrapping it up with a Potter marathon. What could be better than that?
It’s been a while since I reread any of the series, and I fell off the movie wagon after The Order of the Phoenix. I know, I know. To remedy that, I purchased the movies I’d missed and plan to watch them as soon as I finish off the books. After that, I’ll scoot out and finally see the last movie in the theater.
Rereading the books brings back fond memories. I remember hearing about this series during a graduate class I was taking back in 1998. One of our assignments in this Literacy in Education class was to keep a reading response journal with a 4th grade student in our professor’s class. (She taught 4th grade by day, college classes by night.) My student, Marissa, was discussing this ‘new book about a boy who lived under the stairs who turned out to be a wizard’. I didn’t really think much of it but as the semester progressed, her journal entries became longer as she told me more and more about this Harry Potter.
Finally, I broke down and bought a copy just so I would have more to discuss with her in our weekly journal conversations. I’ve never been so thankful for a book recommendation in my life! Marissa, who today must be about 23, was responsible for sharing this magical world with me.
Are you a Harry Potter hold out? If so, why? If you’re a HP lover like me, can you remember how you heard about this series?