Oliver and the boys and I started reading the Harry Potter books together several months ago and we just finished the 7th book last night. It makes me happier than it should that my kids love this series as much as I do. Cool things we’ve discovered during our reading (and listening):
1. There is no prouder moment than hearing my children’s indignation at something they did “wrong” in the movie version.
2. Half of The Prisoner of Azkaban and all of The Goblet of Fire will last you the drive from NH to New Orleans and back. It will also make that drive far more enjoyable.
3. As much as I love reading the books out loud to my kids, it is disappointing to me (and probably to them) that my voice is not nearly as cool as Jim Dale’s.
4. It is worth a substantial part our taxes that our library has been able to loan us all of the audio CDs of the Harry Potter books.
5. Nothing was funnier to my kids than what is revealed in the epilogue of The Deathly Hallows.
6. My generation’s “you don’t know how good you’ve got it,” might just be not having to wait two years after the end of one book for the next to come out. On the other hand, they won’t understand the anticipation of waiting until midnight to pick up your reserved copy of the The Deathly Hallows and the joy of locking yourself in a room until you’ve finished all 759 pages.
7. We have had to establish rules around what spells you can and cannot perform on each other. For instance: Avada Kedavra and Accio Penis, NO. Patrificus Totalus or Expelliarmus, YES.
8. My kids call each other Muggle as an insult and frequently quote their favorite funny lines.
9. My 9-year-old yelled out, in the middle of one of the movies, “H-P i-s A-W-E-S-O-M-E!” And yes, he spelled it all out.
10. Someone just asked me when we could start rereading the whole series. I need one of those giant smiley face emoticons.