[Harry Potter Challenge] Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Thoughts and Links

Harry Potter Challenge
Can you believe we have already reached the end of the first month of our Harry Potter Challenge? That means we’re ready to hear all about your experience reading or re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hope you all had a lot of fun, I know I did and I can’t wait to read all about it.

If you haven’t signed up for the challenge yet you can get all the details and do so here.

But before giving you the details on how to share your thoughts/links, I wanted to end the month, by asking some of the Daemon’s Books writers to share their first experience discovering and reading Harry Potter. Here are their answers (and mine):

Jose: I would say the series found me first (or at least tried to) than me finding it. I got a copy of Prisoner of Azkhaban as a Christmas gift, but I wasn’t exactly excited to read what I thought was a kids book. When the first movie came out, I started to read the the books and fell in love with them. Then I had the added bonus of finishing the second book in the series and realizing I already had the third book and could start it right after. Ever since then I anticipated every new Harry Potter book release and have enjoyed the series immensely.

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Kelly: I was first introduced to the Harry Potter series by my high school homeroom teacher (Hi, Ms. Grosse!!). I remember one morning coming into homeroom and she was sitting at her desk with The Sorcerer’s Stone open in front of her. She then proceeded to read the story out loud in 15 minute increments to our homeroom class. I remember being HOOKED from the beginning; and completely impatient to finish the story.

I ended up buying the first three books of the series and also buying them for my youngest sister. To this day she’s hooked as well. I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude to Ms. Grosse for getting me started in this amazing world; Harry Potter has started many family traditions, and opened my eyes to the amazing world of young adult literature.

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Kristen: I first heard about Harry Potter from my sister Amie, who told me I had to read the books. My first reaction was basically, “Whatever. Why would I want to read a book for kids?” Eventually, though, I listened to Amie and read the first four books. While I thought the first two books were pretty good, it wasn’t until I read Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire that I began thinking of them as “books” rather than “children’s books.”

Needless to say, I was HOOKED, and thus began the long wait for Order of the Phoenix, which was the first Harry Potter book I read right when it was released. The funny thing is now—ten years later—I regularly read young adult books without giving it a second thought, so I guess I have Harry Potter to thank for that.

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Sandie: I first heard about the Harry Potter books in an interesting way. I was watching the news with my mom, which happened to be covering the midnight release of the third Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I remember thinking at the time “these people are crazy, no book is worth waiting in line at midnight to get it.” Of course fast forward years later as I wait in line at midnight for the Harry Potter books 6 and 7, but that’s another story. A few days after watching the news report I walked into a Borders only to see a pile of the Harry Potter books and thinking “oh those are the books people were really excited about and waiting in line for.”

And while I didn’t buy the book then, the seed of curiosity was planted. And so not too long later, I bought the first 3 books and started reading them. I would bring them to school and while it wasn’t the phenomenon it became years later, people were aware of them and would go “oh so you’re reading these Harry Potter books too, huh?” And that’s pretty much how I fell in love with the books and became one of those crazy people who waited in line to get the latest book in the series.

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For those of you who has signed up to participate through the comment section, please share your first experience discovering and reading Harry Potter.

For those of you who have written either a review or opinion piece on your blogs, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, Amazon, or YouTube, you can leave a link in the comment section. Feel free to also share your first experience reading the Harry Potter books as well. (Please note: Your comment might be held for moderation because it includes a link, but we will approve all the relevant links. If your comment hasn’t been approved within 1-2 days, please resubmit it so that we count your participation into the challenge).

Remember, your comment and/or link will count as one proof of participation, which will give you one entry into our final giveaway.

Please make sure to use the same name you signed up with for the challenge. You can find a full list of participants here.

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