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The Last Day of Harry-Pott-A-Thon! My final thoughts on Harry Potter.

The Last Day of Harry-Pott-A-Thon! My final thoughts on Harry Potter.
The Last Day of Harry-Pott-A-Thon! My final thoughts on Harry Potter.

I was the person who said ‘I don’t think I will ever read Harry Potter‘. I didn’t have anything against the franchise, it simply didn’t interest me.

Come the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone last month, I got the crazy idea to read the entire series. Why not? Then it’s done, I won’t any longer be the person that hasn’t read Harry Potter and I will know what all the fuss was about.


I am happy to admit I didn’t have high expectations. I knew the series would be good – it would not have sold millions of copies and been loved by generations if it wasn’t.

But I didn’t expect to be as captivated and entertained like I was.


These are not simple middle grade or young adult books. The plots are complex, the characters have depth, and the twists you will not see coming. What I found particularly impressive was the level of detail in the world-building and the intricacies in the character’s histories, as more and more was revealed.


I can’t talk about each book as an individual entity; I read the series in such a way that for me, it is one continuous story. On the whole the series was well paced, with ebbs and flows, and periods of action nicely balanced with inaction. There was a lull for me at book five, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which did transiently dull my enthusiasm but that was easily remedied by starting book number six.


Would I read it again? Probably not, but I would never say never.

Am I happy to have finally read them? Absolutely. Why didn’t someone tell me to read this series earlier?

Would I recommend them? Again, absolutely. To anyone that thinks young adult or fantasy is not their thing, I say just try it. These books are easy to read, they are fun to read, and they provide a wonderful escape from reality.

And of course there are the valuable lessons that can be learnt. Lessons on friendship, family and belonging. On trust, loyalty and forgiveness. And without shying away from the darker side of human nature, the lesson that good can prevail.


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  • Susana_S_F says:

    Congratulations on reading all of them!
    I really recommend Harry Potter to everyone, regardless of their age. Maybe it’s because I started reading the books when I was 13, I think, and the last one was only released when I was 21.

  • Yay you made it through ’til the end!! Congratulations! Now it’s time to fall deeper down the rabbit hole: learn everything about your Hogwarts House, read all the Harry Potter fan fiction and theories, and join your local Quidditch team LOL!

    I agree these are definitely NOT your average YA books. I actually think it would be beneficial to read the books as adults to remind us of the importance of family, love, friendship, tolerance, and forgiveness we sometimes forget because the darkness of life gets in the way.

    • Julia @ Read and Live Well says:

      Thanks Katisha! I think I will have to do more Hogwarts reading, I need more Harry
      Potter! 😊

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