Hey Gang! It’s been a few days since I’ve put together a thought-provoking blog post, and this one I hope will interest you all. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of The Hunger Games, but what you may not know is, I’ve never read any Harry Potter books….until now.
Backstory: A month or two ago, on Twitter, I posted asking for bloggers who have NOT read The Hunger Games (or seen the movies), but HAVE read Harry Potter.The point of this was to combine the two worlds and to show that it’s possible to have an open mind about anything, even two spectacular worlds created by two different authors Suzanne Collins (THG) and J.K. Rowling (HP).
The plan: I would read the first Harry Potter book, while the other blogger would read The Hunger Games. I was excited because I JUST knew others would love The Hunger Games just as much as I did. Well, I’ll let Tracy Joan, my fellow writer friend, tell you her experience with The Hunger Games (you’re gonna love it) when she’s able to post her’s, but for now…if you want to know how I viewed Harry Potter, keep reading….
I opened this book and read it in the bathtub. Come on, I’m a mom so I read where I can. I’m not sure if it was the hot water or the book itself but I fell asleep. Thankfully, my Kindle survived, but yeah. It took me about two weeks to read this book. I’m a fast reader, so this was a bit for me. If I love a book, I can stay up all night finishing it.
Knowing how many people, young and old who loved this story, I wanted to give it a chance. I can’t tell you which house I’d be chosen to reside in; likely none as I’m sure I wouldn’t even get an invite. I suppose I consider myself a friendly Muggle. Ha! I kept expecting a mind-blown ending to this book which is what kept me reading. I was waiting for it, and honestly, I was disappointed when the ending finally came and it wasn’t as I hoped. The book read as predictable.
Going into this, the only thing I KNEW about the story was the MC was Harry, he had lost his parents at a young age, raised by his aunt, got an invite to this school because his parents were wizards, and a few people hated him.
While I didn’t get much out of reading this story as so many other people have, I did enjoy a few particular parts.
- Hermione: I’ll admit, I’m already liking this girl. Because I attempted to watch one of the later movies (fell asleep then too), I knew a little tiny bit about Emma Watson, and it was nice to put a face in my head as I read. She’s got the kind of spunk I hope my little girl will grow to have. Confidence but the backbone to try an adventure or two.
- The Maze: The little tests that Harry and Hermione had to go through to get to the magic mirror and to find the ugly guy? Yeah, those were cool. I’m a big fan of escape room type things and this reminded me of one of those.
I’m sorry guys/gals…Hufflepuffs, Gryffindors, and etc. I tried. I WILL commit to reading all the other books, but only if they are from Goodwill and no more than $5 per book. Maybe I’ll add it to my Christmas List!
I give it 3/5 stars.
Stay tuned! I’ll share Tracy’s post on The Hunger Games once she’s completed it!