After being glued to my laptop for a YEAR, I decided to grab a book from my bookshelf and read. READ. I can’t remember the last time a read a book from cover to cover. I realized that I have a lot of books on my bookshelf that I’ve only read once and have been collecting dust since then. I decided to revisit one of my favourite childhood series – Harry Potter.
I opened the book, read the first sentence and couldn’t help but smile: “Nearly ten years had passed since the Dursleys had woken up to find their nephew on the front step, but Privet Drive had hardly changed at all.” It was the sentence that begin all of the magic! I read on…
This part of the first chapter literally made me laugh out loud because of its irony (in the book, and in real life). Dumbledore was justifying to Professor McGonagall that leaving baby Harry Potter with his aunt and uncle would be best for him, since he wouldn’t have to deal with the wizard world. Dumbledore wrote his aunt and uncle a letter explaining everything. This is what Professor McGonagall had to say to that:
‘A letter?’ repeated Professor McGonagall faintly, sitting back down on the wall. ‘Really, Dumbledore, you think you can explain all of this in a letter? These people will never understand him! He’ll be famous – a legend – I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in future – there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!‘
Every child in their world, AND ours, really does know Harry Potter’s name. You would have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard it.
However, one thing that bothered me while reading the novel, was the fact that I couldn’t picture the characters in my head like I did the first time I read Harry Potter ten years ago. Privet Drive looked like the movie set in the first Harry Potter movie, Albus Dumbledore was Michael Gambon, Harry Potter was Daniel Radcliffe… and it just didn’t seem right. Books are always better than movies, but I don’t think that will stop me from watching the Harry Potter movies. I just wish there was a way I could read the series like I read it the first time.
I came to the conclusion that movies ruin imagination. And it bothers me.