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#HogwartsReunion: The Philosopher’s Stone

I’m going to be real honest–these are taking me longer to read that I hoped. But in my defense, I’ve had a busy month! I’ve started listening to the audiobooks as well so that should speed up the process a bit.

I really enjoyed this re-read, but I have to say that reading these as an adult is a little difficult. I have a very hard time not looking at Harry as a child that needs protection, while when I was a kid he was just a peer. I also hate his abusive adult figures even more now. As a child, I hated them because they were mean. As a teenager, I saw them as complicated and therefore didn’t exactly hate them. Now I see them as even more complicated, but I hate them again because there is no excuse for an adult to be this cruel to a child the way the Dursleys are to Harry. Harry makes me so sad. Especially when he tells Hagrid that he can’t be a wizard! He has been told his whole life that he is worthless, and when someone tells him otherwise, he doesn’t believe it. And he’s eleven years old.

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This is probably why reading the scene where Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley was so nice–it was clearly necessary to this poor kid. Also Hagrid is the first parent-like figure Harry has who treats him as a child should be treated. Hagrid feeds him, takes him out to buy clothes and school supplies, teaches him and answers his questions, and even buys him a pet. Later, Hagrid becomes less parental and more like a friend, but that is only when Harry is at Hogwarts and therefore has other authority figures around him that fulfill this role.

Most of all, I was reminded about how much I freaking love this series and these characters and how huge of an impact it has had on my life, for better or worse.  And now I should probably stop talking seeing as I am already on book 3 and still have to write about Chamber of Secrets!

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Would you like to join the re-read? Just read whichever HP book you want in any order, and tweet/instagram/etc. using the hashtag #HogwartsReunion!

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