Five Good Reasons It Is Important to Reread “Harry Potter”
Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.
It has been over four years since that iconic quote was uttered by J.K. Rowling at the July 7 premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. There are many ways to interpret the quote, but the most popular reading has to do with returning to the Harry Potter series itself, whether by page or by screen. J.K. Rowling is telling her fans that even though the films were coming to a close, they would always be there to watch again and again, and the books would always be there to read. This way, if a fan grows sad and wants to return to the world they love so dearly, the books and films will always be there to fill that void.
If you have yet to pick up the books a second time, here are five good reasons you should do so right away!
Just as Dorothy tapped her shoes three times, you too can be transported home by merely flipping through the pages of your favorite book. Rereading the Harry Potter books allows you to step back inside Hogwarts castle for the first time and feel the cold air of the corridors and smell the feast you are about to eat. You can be instantly reunited with the characters that you love and adore as friends. Just imagine you were away on holiday and are now back home, to real life. It is an amazing feeling.
For some reason, every time I smell chocolate chip cookies I am reminded of Christmastime and am immediately transported back to the days of my youth, sipping hot chocolate and opening presents while Karen Carpenter sings “Merry Christmas, Darling.” It is an amazing feeling and reminds me of a time in my life that I long to return to. Harry Potter is also very nostalgic to most of us, and rereading the books is a great way to be transported back to those days when we first encountered the Boy Who Lived.
3. Uncover Secrets
The Harry Potter books have a lot to offer deep within their pages that can’t be obtained through only one reading. Observing character growth is always a lot of fun, as well as seeing how characters interact with one another. Another awesome perk is seeing when Rowling inserted clues in the books way before you ever realized it. That’s why the carriages are horseless to most people! They haven’t witnessed death! or The locket was at 12 Grimmauld Place the entire fifth book! Plus, rereading gives readers a glimpse into the intelligent mind of J.K. Rowling and reveals patterns from other great literary works, like Jane Eyre and Emma, and literary techniques like Ring Composition.
4. Books Change as We Do
Books are a unique medium in that they must be interpreted, and the words on the page will always be different to different readers. This tells us that when you are a child you are going to read certain scenarios much different than you will once you are an adult. Even if you first read the series as an adult, you will not be the same adult you were when you first experienced the books. Your experience since first reading will give new meaning to the text in your hands and therefore will change the way you view it. This challenges how we think and keeps us learning long after we have graduated!
5. Just for Fun!
At the end of the day, rereading the Harry Potter books should be a fun experience! Return because you enjoy reading. Rereading is a great exercise and will certainly provide an endless amount of entertainment! And to make the experience even more fun, why not listen to MuggleNet’s very own Harry Potter reread podcast, Alohomora!
How many times have you read the Harry Potter books? What other books do you love to read again and again? Do you have other reasons for revisiting your favorite books? Let us know in the comments below!