In 2014, a good friend of mine got married and another good friend of mine started living on her own. Both of them inadvertently introduced me to Pinterest, a site where people post their DIY-tutorials, make-up and hairstyling tips, delicious-looking recipes... and Harry Potter.
Seriously, the boy who lived started popping up out of the blue as I was looking for ideas to make my hair look like less of a mess and my make-up less lazy (I only kind of succeeded, in case you're interested). So do BBC's Sherlock and many other fandoms if you procrastinate for too long and scroll too much down the site, but my point is that Harry Potter is somewhat inescapable.
Because of the constant exposure, a sudden urge to re-read the books and re-watch all the films grew inside of me (the later slightly reduced because the films are on TV pretty often on different channels). So in summer of 2015, on a very hot afternoon, I decided that being a grown-ass 27 year-old is not good enough an excuse not to give in to nostalgia and revisit your late childhood heroes.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
There once was a boy named Harry who was destined to be known by every child in the world. I love discovering Hogwarts in the first book, the whole magical world, realizing my muggle-ness, wishing I'd got my admission letter at age 11.
Upon a second reading, I started noticing many little details that I hadn't paid attention to the first time. I tend to be more forgiving of Harry's tendency to be a Gary-Stu in this book because it targets an obviously younger audience than the last volumes in the series. This makes it the more "childish" of the seven, yet it manages to be really enjoyable for adults too. Hermione is the boss witch, btw.
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Growing up, I found it really hard to read this book and declared it my least favorite, and it remains so for a simple reason: in my opinion, it repeats the same formula as the first book but the element of surprise is not so strong. It's not as bad as I remembered it, but it's not as great as it could have been.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
This one is one of my favorites. I love how everything is tied together, I love the characters (except Snape, despite knowing his backstory. Seriously, he's a complete asshole in this book), I love the mystery, I love the humour, I want more on the Marauders.
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Ah, the one that I forgot that I had liked because I wasn't a huge fan of the movie. But the book lets the characters grow, and the build-up is so well done, and all the details, the background information about the wizarding world, new schools, and shit starts to get serious!
Which seems like a good point to take a break. To be continued (and ended) in part II, after I finish re-reading books 5 to 7.