Friday, 4 January 2013

Harry Potter Readalong: Intro Post: THIS IS IT, PEOPLE.

Alright, chickadees. The wait is over. The Harry Potter Readalong HAS BEGUN!

Da duuuh da na duuuh DA daaaah naaa, duuh da na duuuh da duuuuuuuuuuuuh.

(That, of course, is the heartbreakingly perfect theme music.)

This here's the first post where we go around the circle and introduce ourselves. Hi! My name is Kayleigh. I started reading the Harry Potter books when I was 12, and at that time, the first three books were out. The last book came out when I was 20. 12 to 20, you guys. I was part of that lucky generation - growing up in step with Harry. The books matured as I did, and got darker when I was able to handle darkness. There's nothing from my childhood I'm more nostalgic about.

SO MANY FEELINGS.

I read The Deathly Hallows twice right when it came out (as in I got to the last page and turned immediately back to the beginning) and haven't read any of them since, so I am VERY excited for this readalong. I've seen the movies many times each since then, but I'm hoping to discover bits of story that I'd forgotten in this glorious reread. 

I'll be looking out for whether it seems that Rowling knew all along the final details of the story (which I think I heard/read she did), or whether it might have turned into something she didn't expect. I'll also be keeping a close eye on Neville and his story because of REASONS. (I know Meg and Brie haven't read the books so no spoilers. THIS TIME.)

Also, have you guys been Sorted on Pottermore? Because you should totally go do that. It's awesome. You have to play though the first bit but it's totally worth it. 

I'm a Hufflepuff, by the by.

Whut whut.

I'll be reading the first book TOMORROW during the minireadathon hosted by Tika and I CAN NOT EVEN TELL YOU how excited I am. I'm excited.



26 comments:

  1. I loooooove Neville! LOVE him!

    HUFFLEPUFF FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRR

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  2. NEVILLE. NEVILLE. NEVILLE. NEVILLE. Infinity hearts to Neville. That is all.

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    1. ALL the love for Neville. The actor Neville also wins all the getting through puberty awards.

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  3. I need to be sorted so I can have strong loyalty to a fictional house (I mean that with the utmost sincerity) *fingers crossed for Ravenclaw*

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    1. What are we without our strong loyalty toward made up things.

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  4. I still need to be sorted! Will hopefully be doing that sometime this weekend. Maybe. I'm lazy, so that could go either way.

    And yeah, I heard that Rowling knew from the beginning how it was going to go, and you can kind of pick up on little clues and dropped hints and names throughout the series. She's kind of a beast, because DAMN.

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    1. Aaaaaaaaagh I wanna read the book right now.

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  5. You so didn't even need to say that that was the theme, dude. It was apparent from your well-phrased 'da duh's.

    "The books matured as I did, and got darker when I was able to handle darkness." RIGHT? I was slightly older than you (the last book came out when I was 22) but it totally worked out that way. I can't imagine the reading experience of kids today who just...have all the books at once. What? That is not allowed. They need to be put in a vault like Disney and they CANNOT READ THEM unless they're spaced like two years apart.

    ...yes.

    I remember going through the first three books a couple years ago and being like "OMG THERE ARE HINTSSSSS." So. Very exciting indeed.

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    1. Agreed! There needs to be a forced pace for new readers, that is just slightly too long between books for comfort, so they get realllllllllly antsy before they can read the next one. It's a rite of passage.

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    2. Oh man yes you guys. I was thinking that yesterday. Because what if I had a kid? They'd obviously have to love HP or they are right out on their asses. But the spacing is very important. At LEAST a year in between.

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  6. I was also 12 and 20 respectively. Also, LOVE that last gif. I did Pottermore a while ago (I didn't get far past the sorting) and I'm a Gryffindor which is SO WRONG because clearly I'm a wimp but I get good grades so I should be in Ravenclaw. I mean, come on Hat. I'm no Neville.

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    1. Woot same rite of passage for us! 12 to 20 turned out to be a pretty perfect time frame to read the books in. Go us.

      Gryffindor! You have a secret feisty brave person inside you. (I didn't play at all past the sorting. At all.)

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  7. I'm so lost on all the HP "lingo" that even if you guys have spoilers in your posts today, I don't think I would even pick up on it! I'm a little overwhelmed haha! But super excited to FINALLY be reading them!

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    1. Haha, it's OK! Join us! And also you're allowed to not like them if you don't like them. (I'm worried I won't like the first book as much as I remember liking it because it's SO young.) I hope you enjoy the readalong and it's not just all too much for a first time reading it!

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  8. I am so happy that I fall into that magical generation that grew up with HP. I couldn't afford the final book when it came out (I'd just moved to the other side of the state for uni)and my mum said she'd send me the family copy when they were done but that made me stress out so much (I have a mum, two sisters and a brother who read the series - and are unbelievably slow readers)that she express posted it directly to me.

    My god HP makes me happy.

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    1. Are we not the luckiest? And aw! Good Mom. And hey, more parallels, I had just moved to the edge of the province (also for university) when the last book came out. I took it with me and then, when my parents came out for the first visit/to bring us more of our crap, I sent it back with them so they and my brother could read it.

      AH, Harry Potter.

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    2. I'm starting to think we are perhaps very similar versions of one another. Maybe a science experiment to populate the world with awesome bookish people with rad families, and they used the name Kayleigh as a marker?

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    3. We must keep a look out for the others.

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  9. HAHA i love that you wrote out the "lyrics" to the theme song! I was part of that lucky generation too! *high five* I remember my dad taking me to the midnight releases of the books, making pumpkin pasties because I always wondered what those tasted like, and crying over Deathly Hallows instead of writing my sophomore college term paper, haha. I can't wait to zero-in on Neville and gasp, "ROWLING, I see whatchu did there!"

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    1. *high five* So lucky, us. You made pumpkin pasties?!?! That is AWESOME. This might be something we have to do during this readalong - make food things that come up in the book.

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    2. My goal this time is to make butterbeer! I always imagined it would be like cream soda with butterscotch syrup or something, hmmm, I should look up a recipe.

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    3. Don't make butterbeer! It's pretty much an overly sweet cream soda. A guy working the candy counter in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter told me that, since they get free food for employee parties, he once drank three glasses and barfed them up right afterwards.

      If you still want to suffer, however, it's pretty much equal parts melted butter and carmel syrup, warmed in the microwave and with lukewarm club soda added to it.

      XD

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    4. Merlin's beard, I had no idea that it was that gross!! Uh, I'll stick with my cream soda. Thanks for the insider knowledge ;)

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    5. The butterbeer latte recipe seems pretty popular-

      http://www.geekwithcurves.com/2012/09/mmm-butterbeer-latte.html

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  10. I was just a little too old and missed the excitement of HP, but as a book blogger I feel shamed that I haven't read them, and so I am, with this readalong. I am really excited and loving the first one, much more than when I was a jaded senior in high school and stopped before #2.

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