I have never read the Harry Potter book series. My daughter has read the series seven times – and most of that when she was like 12 yrs old. She said each time she re-read any of the books, she discovered more and more detail that she hadn’t picked up before. Like most of her pre-teen friends back then, she could cite Harry Potter backwards and forwards and simply couldn’t get enough of the books. She even enjoys them today.
I have never seen the Harry Potter movie series. Okay, I saw half of the first movie – up until the part with the three-headed dog. That was when my daughter was much younger and that scene scared the heck out of her. Scared her so much she did not resume watching (or even think about reading the books) for several years.
Of course I figured these stories would be great. Why else would they cause such a world-wide craze? But I was busy, and I never got around to checking them out.
Now, there is a new play coming out. It is called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We bought tickets to see the show in the spring. I figured now is as good a time as any to binge watch the eight movies – otherwise I am going to be really confused when I sit down to watch the play. So that is what I did. I watched all eight movies over the course of 2 1/2 weeks. I have to say JK Rowling created a formidable body of work! That was a lot of screen time. Watching all of the films within a short period of time has the benefit of keeping the story lines fresh in one’s mind. It is also fun to observe the characters (and actors) growing up right before one’s eyes. But perhaps the thing that kept blowing my mind was the countless unique worlds that she created. Every room of Hogwarts, every town, a maze, a graveyard, caves, olde England, the ministry, a bank, a vault etc. etc. etc. Sooo many different and distinct little universes. I kept wondering aloud to my daughter – did JK Rowling really put this much detail into the books? Or were the movie guys just really good. My daughter confirmed that the books read just like the movie views.
Not to be remiss, I should tell you that I really enjoyed the movies! I am glad I waited until I could sit and give them the attention they deserve. The characters, story lines, and the scenery were all fun, interesting and engaging. I find myself wondering if I should read the books. (Don’t tell my daughter or she won’t let up until I do!) Stay tuned…