It is very easy to rewatch the Harry Potter series. Have chores around the house you need to do? Pop in a Harry Potter movie. Want to procrastinate doing homework? Watch your favorite Potter movie instead. Want to watch a movie that you know won’t disappoint you? I think you get the idea; a reason can always be found to justify rewatching a Harry Potter movie. The books? Not so much. Reading is obviously more effortful and requires a bit of planning if you, for whatever reason, don’t have easy access to a copy of the books. Today, I’ll be sharing just a few of the reasons why I am a strong advocate for taking the extra effort to reread our beloved series.
It’s undeniable that the movies have their own sense of humor – some dry jokes complemented by the musings of young teenagers sprinkled with a bit of physical comedy. It is also undeniable that the books have significantly more of these moments. It’s only natural considering the books contain much more content in terms of scenes, characters and events. While they give her a handful of sassy lines in the movies, Minerva McGonagall is spewing sass left and right in the books. It’s as fabulous as you might imagine.
The Life Lessons
The iconic inspirational quotes from Dumbledore and Sirius in the text made it into the movies, but characters of all kinds share nuggets of wisdom in the book. Aside from thought-provoking quotes, the books delve into broader topics that undoubtedly require reflection. Take SPEW, for example. Hermione spends much time in the middle books advocating for the rights of those who are enslaved. While her methodology may have been flawed, she challenges the reader to be an advocate for something.
I keep a journal of all Potter quotes that resonate with me. Keep yours safe in a fun Potter diary. Or write down your favorite quotes in whatever notebook you have on hand and use this old fashioned quill and ink well set– how cool!
Exercising Your Imagination
We are lucky that the filmmakers behind our beloved series interpreted much of the scenery and characters literally from the text. However, due to movie time constraints, there is a lot of Hogwarts and the characters that we do not get to see much of or at all. I’ve found that since experiencing the movies, I find my imaginative experience enhanced when rereading the books. We know what Hogwarts looks like so I am able to get a more realistic mental picture of what the kitchens would look like or how it would be to sit through a History of Magic class – at least in my mind.
If you boil down the entire series into one line, it comes down to this: three friends were curious about the connection between Harry Potter and Voldemort and decided to do something about it. Granted, that’s a bit of a crude summary, but you get the idea. Much of the events throughout the books are a result of a characters’ curiosity sometimes perceived as affinity for being nosy. As a Ravenclaw myself, I’m curious about most things. However, the books have this ability to inspire the reader to ask questions, even if they know that the answers are soon to come. As I’ve gotten older and continue to revisit the series, I’ve found that this book-fueled curiosity spills over into other arenas as well.
More than anything else, these books are our primary Harry Potter resource. Yes, nowadays a quick Internet search can answer any questions you may have about the Wizarding World, but there’s something beautiful about discovering the answers through the original text. The books unpack the answers to some of the biggest Potter questions in a delicate, tactful way. Don’t believe me? Just reread the section about Voldemort’s childhood and you’ll see what I mean.
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