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?