Is it possible to re-read a series too many times?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’ve mentioned before (here and here), when the seasons shift from Summer into Autumn, I re-read the Harry Potter series. The crisp air, the Fall colors, and the overcast skies make me think about feasts in the Great Hall, trips to Hogsmeade, and mugs of butterbeer. This year, the hankering to re-read Harry Potter has come two seasons early. I blame it on Al Roker, who has been reciting Harry Potter-themed trivia on Comcast On Demand for the chance to win tickets to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After hearing Hedwig’s theme for the umpteenth time, I could resist no longer, and I decided to hunt for my books. You’d think I wouldn’t have to “hunt” for something I cherish and read so frequently though. Alas! I am dreadfully unorganized.

I embarked on another re-read around midnight on Saturday. After cracking open the cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the 8th time, at least, I was struck by a memory of my first, true re-read. My final semester at college, right before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part one) hit theaters, I decided to re-read the series from start to finish. I picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time in probably 10 years, and I was flabbergasted by how much I forgot. I had become so accustomed to the introduction in the movie that I forgot all about Vernon Dursely’s uncomfortable day at Grunnings and the shower of shooting stars over Kent, which was probably bewitched by Dedalus Diggle. Since then, it’s been a rare occasion that more than a year should pass before picking up at least one of the books to read (last year was one such occasion), and I feel I could practically recite parts of the series.

I wonder if there is such thing as reading a book (or in my case, a series) too many times. Is it possible that one day, the spell these books have cast on me will run its course? …Naaaaaah! Surely not. That’s kind of like saying one day I will stop craving my mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup!

What book(s) do you frequently re-read? Have you ever felt like you read a book too many times? 


Revisiting the Magic of Harry Potter

It’s that time of the year again. I’m having cravings for pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes, and licorice wands! So, I pulled my dusty copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone off of my book shelf and dived in. (Note: The book was dusty because I’m really bad about dusting surfaces, not because I haven’t read it in ages.)

Harry Potter, the boy who lived
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Cracking open a Harry Potter book is like visiting with old friends. For a moment I stare down at the book and think to myself, “Gosh, it’s been a while,” and “My, how times have changed”. And then when I start reading, it’s like I’m reliving all of these fantastic antics from yesteryear for the first time. When I’m finished, I place the books back on my shelf, sad that it’s ended. Like the time spent together was too short. But then I remind myself I’ll see them again in a year or so.

I do this every year, re-read Harry Potter. It’s a tradition I’m not keen on breaking any time soon. This year, I thought I’d do something a little different though. I’d like to incorporate my journey through the seven books in my blog. I’ll be honest, I only have a rough idea of what I’d like to accomplish with this– reviews or maybe thoughts on characters, places, and magical beasts. Maybe I’ll actually get around to trying out the different recipes for Butterbeer. The sky is the limit when you have a Nimbus 2001 a Firebolt.


Re-reading Harry Potter (again)

It has happened every year since I started college.  Somewhere between the start of the school year and the first, really crisp day, I get the urge to re-read the entire Harry Potter series.  This year is no different.  I started re-reading The Sorcerer’s Stone two days ago.

I am not certain why I associate reading Harry Potter with this time of year.  I mean, I read all of the books during the summer since that’s when most of the books were released.

Maybe it’s because the books start at the end of summer vacation and the beginning of the school year.  Now that I’ve graduated, I no longer buy supplies for school, one of my favorite pastimes, so I live vicariously through Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they buy new books and quills and parchment in Diagon Alley.

Maybe it’s because all the food and beverages of the wizarding world seem so hearty and cozy like a big bowl of piping hot chili on a cold day.  The Hogwarts meals were so grand that it would rival my family’s Thanksgiving dinner.  By the way, for the first three books, I wondered why Thanksgiving was never celebrated.  I swear, I really was a bright child.  And, food with pumpkin was available at every meal (pumpkin juice, pumpkin pasties)!

Maybe it’s because there are so many characters/creatures/things I associate with the month of October and Halloween.  Pumpkins.  Witches and Wizards.  Trolls (Mountain Trolls released in the school on Halloween).  Goblins.  Werewolves.  Spiders.  Ghosts and poltergeist.  mischief making.  The list could go on, really.


When I started re-reading the series this year, the boyfriend asked me why I was bothering with it when I have so many new books piling up (this also translates to “Your new books are taking up too much of our floor space, so you should read those first”).

But, honestly, every time I start my Harry Potter re-reading adventure, it’s like I’m cracking the books open for the very first time (again).  I guess this is both a good thing and a bad thing.  It’s bad because I’ve forgotten so much of the book even though I’ve read the series about four times.  It’s a good thing because the series never ever gets old!  I also notice little things that I overlooked in past reads– at first read, the cabinet Harry hides in while at Borgin and Burkes seems irrelevant (Chamber of Secrets).  The cabinet Montague is trapped after hassling the D.A. also seems irrelevant (Order of the Phoenix).  By the time Half-Blood Prince came out, I had forgotten about the cabinets.  But, after a re-read of the series, that cabinet that seemed like a pointless detail before becomes mind-blowingly relevent!

The series is complete and all the movies have all been released, so I don’t have any new additions to the wizarding world to look forward to (K, except for Pottermore).  But I have re-reads to look forward to where I will discover new details that I never noticed before, and I have old adventures to re-live.  So, I suppose in a way, as cheesy and as cliché as it sounds, the magic won’t ever die out, and I will never get tired of re-reading to series.


Are there any books you associate with the Fall time?  What books or book series do you re-read?