The other day I finished re-reading one of my favorite book series: Harry Potter. Call me a nerd, dork, whatever, it was one of the most fun things I have done in a while.
Truth is at the end of summer I decided I wanted to get back into reading. I used to love curling up in a comfy chair or on the couch with a book and a cup of tea. Then one rainy day in early fall it happened. I had no other plans and let’s face it the weather basically dictated I boil some water, crack open a book, and start reading. I wanted to choose something I knew would engage me so I wouldn’t just give up after a few days so I reached for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The next day I moved on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (Yes, I reread the first book in one afternoon). And while the rest of the books went a bit slower as life got busier, I kept plugging along and eventually found myself closing the cover of the seventh & final book for a second time.
The series is just so engaging and truly draws you into the vivid world J.K. Rowling created. And that gets at the heart of why I wanted to start reading again. Books can transport you somewhere different the same way I believe live theatre can. That’s part of the reason I work in theatre.
Of course there was a two pronged result to my new reading kick:
1) I picked up another book at the exchange my apartment building has and am now half way through The Fault in Our Stars. (I need recommendations for when I finish)
2) I started thinking about Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and how much I want to visit. Or the studio tour they have in London!
Turns out Universal is having a Harry Potter Celebration Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015. Although I won’t be heading down anytime too soon I do want to visit this at some point, and I haven’t been to Universal in …. possibly ever.
For now back to reading and researching.
Keep it imaginative & fierce!
What book would you reread? Have you ever been to Wizarding World of Harry Potter?