I’ll be honest. When I found out that we were going to be re-reading this series, most of me was excited. But there was quite a bit of apprehension as well.
Would I ruin the magic? Would I re-read these books with a much more critical eye and suddenly realize how poorly written they are? Does Harry Potter stand the test of time?
I’m glad to say that if anything—and to my surprise and delight—I enjoyed this book even more on a re-read. Picking it apart actually improves the book, as we marvel over the foreshadowing, or subtle hints, or hilarious phrases.
Most of my detailed thoughts/analysis are in our book club’s discussion threads, which I invite you to visit and join in.
Re-reading has been a lot of fun so far—to pick things apart and acknowledge what a genius J.K. Rowling is, and also because this might be the tightest and most involved group read I’ve ever been a part of.
It’s only going to get better from here, as we leave the imaginative wonder of getting to know Hogwarts behind, and get into the headier and meatier topics and themes that Harry Potter explores.