51 Thoughts I had when I Reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Ok, so I am about to start my epic Harry Potter reread. I haven’t read the books in ten whole years and I have been promising a reread for ages but now I am actually doing it. Yay!

I’m not going to review these bad boy books because there are no words to accurately describe my utter adoration for the Harry Potter series and equally there is no way I can be neutral about them either so instead I will share my thoughts that happened during my reread.

Here goes:

  • Oh my god. I’m so excited but so very nervous. What if they aren’t as good as I remember? I run the risk of ruining my memories from youth.
  • Oh the covers are so pretty. I don’t want to break the spine. I’ll have to buy myself a new set…to add to the second unopened set that I have upstairs and the new covers of the Philosophers Stone and the illustrated edition…maybe I’m a bit obsessed.
  • Twenty years since The Philosopher’s Stone was released. How is that even possible?
  • “Even muggles like yourself should be celebrating.” (P5) I am so sad that I am a muggle.
  • The introduction of Dumbledore. What a wise old man. I always wanted him to be played by Sir Ian McKellan but Richard Harris was pretty brilliant.
  • Dumbledore is an archaic word for bumblebee. Great word.
  • The Put-Outer is a more subtle version of the clapper. I’ve always wanted a clapper.
  • Professor McGonagall was perfectly cast as Maggie Smith. Fact.
  • Dedalus Diggle – I wonder if he ever gets mentioned again.
  • For 11 years Voldemort put fear in the wizarding community – surely there are 11 books here for the writing. Come on JK! Give the people what they want.
  • When Voldemort was all bad ass was Hogwarts running as usual?
  • “All these things he’s done.” (P13) Re point 10. See JK, the story practically writes itself.
  • “There will be books written about Harry – every child in out worlds will know his name.” (P14) How bloody right you were JK.
  • Hagrid – again perfect casting with Robbie Coltrane.
  • I remember on my second reread of Harry Potter and gasping at all of JK’s cleverness with her reference to Sirius Black – well played JK – well played indeed.
  • Harry has a lightning bolt scar on his head. A few years ago I got really sick which left me with a scar on my chin which I kind of like. My illness was really rare and it nearly killed me but it didn’t. I’m the girl who lived through my illness ergo I am Harry Potter.
  • Mrs Figg – utter legend. If only we had known sooner.
  • JK called on of Dudley’s friends Piers and described him as having a “face like a rat” (P25) – is this JK’s hate for Piers Morgan showing 2 years ago? If so then kudos for the foresight JK!
  • There has been a theory bandied around that the snake in the zoo is Nagini. How mad would that be? But then it said in the information box that it was born in captivity so I guess that poo-poo’s that theory.
  • Harry hopes for a distant relative to save him – oh sob!
  • Harry gets his Hogwarts letter. I have never gotten one. I swear I am not a muggle and if that letter arrived tomorrow and at the age of 34 I had to do seven more years of high school just to go to Hogwarts then dammit I would do it. I wonder if there is a wizarding university?
  • Maybe this is why I am obsessed with getting post? Maybe I am just waiting for that damn Hogwarts acceptance letter.
  • For Harry’s 10th birthday he was given “a coat hanger and a pair of Uncle Vernon’s old socks” – technically Harry is a free wizard now.
  • Is Petunia a non magical magic person? Is she a squib? Or do you have to show no magical talent in a magical family to be a squib?
  • What happened to Harry’s grandparents?
  • “Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die.” (P62) Good god the clues were everywhere.
  • New mention Doris Crockford. Will she get mentioned again? Dammit how does JK keep all of these people in check?
  • I always imagined Diagon Alley to be the most amazing place. Random segue but I am engaged to be married and since I’m not your typical bride I will not be going to watch half naked men shake their tushes or out drinking. No folks I am going to the Harry Potter Studios because then I will feel like I am a wizard. I think it is the closest I will get to being a wizard. Sob!
  • Harry is in Gringotts. The stalagmite/stalactite line has always been one of my favourites from the entire series of books. Even now I still don’t know the difference. I do think that he ride that Harry goes on to get to his vault would make a boss ride. I wonder if they included it in Harry Potter World? Googles it – apparently yes.
  • I like trains. I went to Platform Nine and 3 Quarters but the queue was massive and I was like the oldest person there. I will go again one day and get my picture take and I will do it with aplomb.
  • It’s a shame that Peeves wasn’t in the films. Rik Mayall would have played him brilliantly.
  • Snape was a right nasty sod towards Harry that first Potions lesson. I work in a high school – that form of bullying wouldn’t be tolerated. Believe you me!
  • I’d be crap on a broom. I definitely wouldn’t be on the Quidditch team. Not even the reserves.
  • Halloween sounds magical at Hogwarts…well you know except for the troll.
  • I always loved Oliver Wood’s inspirational pre-Quidditch match speeches. Sean Biggerstaff who played him in the films was quite a fittie. Wonder what he is doing right now? Googles Sean Biggerstaff. He has actually been in a fair few productions. Sadly, I have seen none of them. Ah bygones.
  • The Mirror of Erised chapter is just heartbreaking. Poor Harry.
  • Dammit Harry! Look at your chocolate frog cards. That is where you heard about Nicholas Flamel.
  • Oh man, what I wouldn’t do to have an invisibility cloak. Ok I know what I would do. I would hide under it and just read books all day. No one would be able to find me. Moo hoo haa haa!
  • Dumbledore is right. You can never have too many socks. (P230)
  • Seriously, I have never wanted to be in someone’s mind as much as JK Rowling’s. She gives hints about things that won’t happen for several books. This is totally the Back to the Future Hypothesis. Without a doubt, JK Rowling is a genius.
  • Ron really does have some great one-liners.
  • Of all the pets I’ve ever wanted a dragon has never been on the list. A dinosaur has been but never a dragon.
  • “It is a monstrous thing, to slay a unicorn.” (P277) Well said Firenze!
  • See you can understand why Harry reckons Snape hates him. He threatened to get him expelled.
  • Poor Neville. Little did us readers know how big a part he would play in the overall story.
  • I’m terrified of dogs. This all stems from an incident as a child when a greyhound stalked by whole family. One day my older sister sent me to the shop because Smash Hits! magazine was giving away 100 free stickers. I saw the greyhound ahead of me so I decided to cross the road. The greyhound followed me. So I crossed back and the grey hound followed me. I decided I just needed to be brave and walk past it and as I did the damn dog bit my leg. It didn’t break the skin but when I ran home my sister was more concerned about not having her smash hits. What was worse was that after the dog had bit me it walked away an I swear it was laughing like Dick Dastardly’s dog Muttley off Wacky Races. Now this dog only had one head. If I came across a three headed dog I am pretty sure I would pee my pants. Harry, Ron and Hermione are way braver than me.
  • Quirrell man. What a bitch.
  • Why couldn’t Quirrell touch Harry without burning in pain?
  • Was Voldemeort/Quirrell a horcrux. I forget. I hope I find out in the rest of the story. See this is why a reread is needed.
  • Ah the Quirrell touch question has been answered. Mother’s love.
  • And it is over. I feel pleasantly full. I don’t have a book hangover just book fulfilment. Like when you eat the right amount at a meal without overdoing it and needing your stretchy pants.

Now on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secreets. Dum dum de dum dum dummm dum.

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