I have loved the entire series of Harry Potter since the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” came out. It was my mother who told me about the book, so I picked it up and didn’t put it down until I came to the end of it. From then on, every time a new Harry Potter book came out, the Crankee Yankee would drive me to the nearest WalMart at midnight to get a copy. When we got home, I would start reading and he would go to bed. When morning came, he would find me still in my chair, reading.
“Have you been up all night?” He would ask.
“Yup.” (said in a tone that clearly meant ‘don’t bother me; I have to get to the end of this and then I’ll talk.’)
This went on until the final book in the seven book series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” came out. I’m sure that I was one of hundreds of thousands who grieved that the stories were over. To this day I have re-read all the books over and over again. Why? Because reading any of the Harry Potter books put me in a magical place that both soothes and interests me.
Also, because I love all things British, I’ve fallen into “Harry Potter speak” without realizing it. Britishisms slowly crept into my speech. I began using words such as “gobsmacked” (seriously surprised), and “what you reckon?” (“what do you suppose that means?”), and the Dumbledore-ish “not to worry,” and so on.
Of course I saw each and every one of the Harry Potter movies as well, and love them still to this day. So, what happens when we re-read books we love? We settle into our most comfortable chair, with a cup of coffee at the ready—and we happily enter the wonderful world of a beloved book.
If you remember *Melanie, she once sung a song in which the lyrics included this: “I’d like to find a good book to live in.” If I could pick one book to live in, it would be any of the Harry Potter books.
My mother used to roll her eyes at me when she saw me re-reading a Harry Potter book. She felt that once you’ve read a book, move on—don’t waste time re-reading; there are plenty of other books to read. I disagree to this day. Harry Potter books are both soothing and truly magical.
I hope that we all can claim at least one book to live in.
*Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk (born February 3, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter known professionally as Melanie and sometimes as Melanie Safka. She remains best known for the 1971/72 global hit “Brand New Key“, her cover of “Ruby Tuesday“, her composition “What Have They Done to My Song Ma“, and her 1970 international breakthrough hit “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)“, inspired by her experience of performing at the 1969 Woodstock music festival.