I can’t even express how happy I was just to start reading the first page I can’t believe I don’t re-read these books every year. For reals.
Okay I know that in comparison to the rest of the series, these first two books are the weakest. But compared to a LOT of other children’s / YA books that I’ve tried, just the first chapter is like a quadrillion times better than those. There’s so much mystery and magic and interesting-ness just in that first chapter. I feel like I don’t have a whole lot to comment on, because not a whole lot has happened yet. I mean, Hermione isn’t even a main character yet. But Harry has already shown himself to be all heroic persona-ish, in his defiance against Malfoy and sticking up for Neville. So yay for him. (It’s rare that I like the heroic personas, but Harry is one of the exceptions, I guess.)
Also this is probably obvious to every one else, but I JUST realized while reading that the pictures in the wizarding world are basically GIFs. But you know, different.
As soon as I was done reading this section (which went by way too fast), I got online to FINALLY see what house I would be sorted into on Pottermore. Back in early December I was chatting with some people at a party and they said that the questions to determine your house were really intricate, that it took like 45 mins and they asked those ethical kind of questions like if you saw someone cheating on a test would you tell, etc etc. Well, it did take at least 45 mins to even get to the Sorting ceremony, but it asked me about 8 questions. One of which was “Black, or white?” WTF? That’s not a fair question. (And I chose black, obvs.) Anyways, it’s probably no surprise, but…
Based on like 8 questions? Such as “forest or sea”? That is so not fair. Screw you, Pottermore. I mean maybe even with 100 questions it MIGHT have come out the same, but still.
Hmmm what else? Oh yes, the Dursleys. They are horrible and I want to slap Dudley. Ollivander is creepy. Hagrid is large and great. Oh and Dumbledore… “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” That is literary gold, right there. I love it.
Sooo… yeah. How’s everyone else feeling about being back in the wizarding world?