Believe it or not, there are some people who have not read the Harry Potter series. I know this to be a fact because not too long ago I used to be one of those people. I never actively avoided Harry Potter. I just never got into it when I was younger and it first came out. Then enough time had passed and it just seemed like such an ordeal to catch up with all the books and movies. I was content going through life knowing nothing more about Harry than the basics: he’s a boy wizard with glasses and a scar.
Then last November I was watching my 5-year-old cousin and since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was on demand, I figured it was a good way for us to spend the night. My little cousin was asleep with in the first five minutes but I got sucked in and watched the entire thing. I really enjoyed the movie and decided that maybe it was time I finally gave the books a try. I was instantly hooked. I was done with all the books and watched all the movies before the year was over.
I have no idea why I fought the Harry Potter craze for so long but I’m glad that I finally succumbed. The books are so much fun and you will genuinely fall in love with the characters. There is a reason that people young and old love this series. If you’re still not fully convinced, I’ll give you seven reasons why it’s about time you finally start reading Harry Potter.
1. You’ll now have something to do with any free time you may have.
Ever find yourself flicking through the channels, bored out of your mind, thinking “there’s nothing on”? Well you won’t have to worry about that for awhile. The books start out small, but it’s no secret that towards the end the books start to resemble encyclopedias. Depending on whether you’re reading the US version or the UK version, the entire series is roughly between 3,000-4,000 pages total. Then there’s the 8 movies you’ll just have to watch once you’re done with the books.
2. You’ll actually be able to enjoy the movies.
I think at a certain point the writers/directors of the films went, “Screw it. I’m not even going to try to cater to the non-readers.” The movies are a great companion to the films, mostly to see the locations come to life and the majority of the excellent casting (Alan Rickman IS Snape!).
3. The Internet and all your favorite movies/TV shows/books will instantly become funnier.
If you’ve never read any Harry Potter, that above gif is just gibberish. There are tons of TV shows, movies and books that have referenced Harry Potter in the past. And it will continue to be referenced forever basically. Much like Star Wars, Harry Potter is a pop culture phenomenon. So while you may get the reference if someone says, “Hogwarts,” it will be 10 tens funnier if you’ve actually read the books.
4. You’ll have a slew of awesome new Halloween costumes to choose from.
I’m sure you’ve all come across some girl donning a Hermione school girl costume, which happens to look nothing like the actual Hogwarts uniform Hermione wears. Once you read the books and watch the movies, you’ll realize there are a ton of options to choose from: Bellatrix Lestrange, Severus Snape, Hagrid, Voldemort, a Deatheater, Professor Quirrel. Your Halloween costumes for the next 5 years are covered!
5. The prospect of having kids will instantly become more appealing.
If you do plan on having kids, you will be counting down the years you can start introducing them to Harry Potter. I may not have any kids of my own but I cannot wait until I am able to start reading Harry Potter with my nephew. It’s the perfect excuse to relive the series all over again.
6. You’ll be all up-to-date when J.K. Rowling writes that inevitable prequel/sequel.
We all know it’s going to happen eventually. Rowling herself has said she hasn’t completely ruled out the idea of another Harry Potter book. And when this finally happens, you’ll be able to revel in the mass hysteria with everyone else.
7. Because they are just plain awesome.
In all serious, this is the most genuine reason you should read Harry Potter. It’s an amazing series, with incredible life lessons and characters you’ll love forever. The story is so much more than just Harry and his two best friends.