Shirin's tweet from May 1st
"I suck at life" ~Dan
Why did you (as an adult) pick up the first Harry Potter book? I saw an interview with J.K.Rowling on The Rosie Show and it piqued my interest.
From my earlier post . . . in answer to your great question, GabbyG:
I never knew anything about HP (I'd heard about it, but that was it) until the weekend after "Deathly Hallows" came out in hardback. A woman (my age) at Sam's Club was standing in front of the display, clutching a copy of the book as though she was afraid someone would rip it out of arms (in spite of the 200 other copies still on the display). I asked her if the books were any good. She said (aghast), "You've never read Harry Potter?" I told her that I wouldn't even know which one was first in the series.
She pointed out to me that on the spine, the first book says "Year 1" . . . and so on. Included in the display were the earlier books in paperback. I picked up "Philosopher's Stone" . . . figuring that if I didn't love it, I was only out $4.88. The next day was Sunday. I plopped down into my recliner and opened the book. About 30 pages in, I was already hooked. I asked my hubby to go up to Sam's and get me the rest of the books. Read through them all in about 3 weeks (I was working full-time), and immediately turned around and read them all again.
I'm hoping to do the studio tour sometime in the next year or so. It took me a long time to get around to the WWoHP (Disney has its claws in me deep if you can't tell by my avatar), but I've been totally on a HP kick ever since then, watching the movies again and now rereading the series. So the studio tour is next!
My Mom and I did a Stonehenge tour in '09 that included village stops, including the one where they filmed the bit where they go get Slughorn.
Last edited by jsciv; 05-05-2015 at 08:02 PM.
I've worked in an elementary school library for the last 25 years. I got my intro to Harry Potter when Scholastic first published "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in 1998. It arrived at my Scholastic book fair in hardcover. One of my new students, who was way more worldly than I, told me I had to get it, that it was the coolest book ever. She was right, of course! I read it and was crazy for the sequel which was to be published within months. By the time the third book came out, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I had discovered how to order books from Amazon and actually purchased a first edition British version on Amazon UK. I have books 3-7 in the British versions for my personal use. I went crazy anticipating the day the books would show up at my door! And my students have loved them ever since - we have the Scholastic versions at school. I now have parents who loved HP when they were children, so it is still lots of fun.
I recently dressed up as Professor McGonagall for a viewing at a restored 1925 theater in Oregon. My daughter dressed as a 5'10" Dobby and her friends all dressed as other key characters from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as that was the movie showing. Little kids freaked out when they saw the giant Dobby! We had a great time. My daughter is 28 and read all the books at the same time as I did starting in 1998. That theater is showing the whole series, encouraging viewers to dress up. It is great fun.
I'm listening to Deathly Hallows (AGAIN) while I do my daily walks. Last night, we were walking down the street and I had my headphones on with tears rolling down my face. Hubby looked at me and said, "Who died?" I said, "Fred."
He knows there are more tears to come . . . on this morning's walk, it was Snape, Lupin and Tonks. More tears. Harry will be headed for the Forbidden Forest soon. Must remember to carry tissues while walking.
On an even geekier note. Several years ago, I actually crocheted a Hogwarts afghan. The stripes are in each house's colors, in the order where the tables were in the Great Hall. Yep. Pretty geeky.