I did it. I’ve finished reading the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. And I really enjoyed it; I think I can officially call myself a Harry Potter fan! The book was very fast-moving, and because it’s kind of a kids’ fantasy book (but don’t get the wrong idea – MANY adults like it too!), I was able to finish the entire 300 pages on my limited reading schedule without even having to renew it at the library once!
Tonight, I’m going to start the second book in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and if I can convince my husband, we’ll be watching the movie of the first book this weekend. And now I am REALLY excited to see the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. They are being kinda secretive about the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction, but it promises to use “entirely new technology” to bring the Harry Potter series to life “in a way never before experienced”! Maybe something like The Mummy ride or The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman 3D? How cool would that be for Harry Potter!! And the shops and restaurants are all going to keep in the tradition of the boy wizard’s world. Chocolate frogs, anyone? The world doesn’t open until spring, and it doesn’t look like we’re going to get to Florida before the fall or next winter anyway, so if that becomes a reality, we will have to make sure we get to Universal – I really liked Islands of Adventure anyway, and now it’s going to be even better! I just have to make sure I read all the Potter books by then. And I almost don’t want to read too much about the new world on the internet for fear that it would be spoilers about things I haven’t discovered yet.
As much as I’m enjoying the Harry Potter series, I’m not usually one to stick to one type of book. If I need a break from Hogwart’s before I get through all 7 stories, I might try The Zookeeper’s Wife, a story about a zoo in Poland in the 1930’s and how it’s destroyed during the holocaust – as long as it’s not too depressing of a read.