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Reasons to Read and Watch the Harry Potter Series

Convince Me to Get Into Harry Potter

As we near the debut of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, we've worked ourselves into a frenzy here on Buzz with our 12 Days of Harry Potter. The young wizard is everywhere from magazine covers to posters to previews. And honestly, I've been feeling a little left out (um, what's Polyjuice, again?).

I have a confession to make: I've never read the Harry Potter books, and what's worse, I've only seen one of the films. I'm quite the victim of ribbing from my peers (well, mainly Buzz team members Becky and Shannon). It's been an ongoing effort on their parts to get me interested in the series, but I just can't summon up enough enthusiasm to commit. And they're not the first people to try.

I know, shame on me. It's not like I'm opposed to books that delve into fantasy (The Chronicles of Narnia series was a fave when I was younger) or teen novels (I read the Twilight collection in two weeks!). Perhaps at this point I'm just being stubborn. So I'm enlisting your help. Convince me to get into Harry Potter. Make your argument below, and maybe, just maybe I'll take up the books — if for no other reason than just to get everyone off my back.

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Choco-cat Choco-cat 6 years
I think the best thing about the Harry Potter series is the character development and the relationships between all the characters. Also, the books only get better and better as each one come out, Rowling improves her writing and matures each book. Plus, Harry Potter is an awesome example of fantasy books. I really can't encourage you enough to read the series. They are significant to our pop culture as well. I read the Twilight series for that reason - but enjoyed Harry Potter a lot more.
BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 6 years
I'll keep it short - Harry Potter changed my life, I wouldn't be where I am today (I'm an English Major) without them! These books got an incredible amount of kids to read - if the books could make millions of kids, who otherwise wouldn't read, pick up the books isn't it worth a shot?
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 6 years
i'm sorry but JK rowling is an AMAZING writer compared to stephanie meyer. the world she created is just phenomenal. i'll admit, i never got into the HP books until recently but have been a fan of the movies and was still enchanted by the world of hogwarts. now i'm obsessed with reading the books. my routine has been, read book 1, watch movie 1 - compare & contrast then on to the 2nd, etc. and it's just an amazing experience. everything everyone said above is pretty on point, though i'm sad to say that i wasn't able to experience the books when i was younger. better late than never though! :)
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
Emily and Genvessel put it perfectly. obviously, we can't tell you what to like and not like, but if you liked Twilight, you will like HP. probably more! JK Rowling created an entire world with amazing characters and elicits real emotions from her readers. the coolest part is that people of all ages enjoy this series, not just swoony teenage girls and their mothers a la Twilight. i am a recent convert too and let me tell you, by the time i got to the 7th book, i would hide in the bathroom stalls in my office reading it. i just could not wait to find out what happened.
larisa5656 larisa5656 6 years
I'm not afraid to admit that I wasn't into the Harry Potter series at first. I would start reading Book 1 and get bored halfway through. Then I listened to the audiobooks, which are read by the extremely talented Jim Dale. The audiobooks themselves are reason enough to get into the series because Jim Dale uses a wide range of voices to recreate the Harry Potter universe. For me, the characters came alive in a way I didn't see when I was only reading, and I soon grew so engrossed in the story that I almost faked sick so that I could stay home from school to finish Book 3. Thus, if you're not sure that you can stay interested through hundreds and hundreds of pages, try listening to the audiobooks while you wash the dishes and complete any other household chores.
Gypsy314 Gypsy314 6 years
Harry potter is unpredictable and amazing. The cast of the movies is phenomenal. The kids aren't great actors, but the adult cast buries any other series out right now (cough cough Twilight) I started reading them as a kid and I loved how they grew with you. The most important thing to remember is that you painstakingly sat through twilight. It will be a nice change to read a good book/series. At least the characters in Harry Potter are likable.
Gypsy314 Gypsy314 6 years
Harry potter is unpredictable and amazing. The cast of the movies is phenomenal. The kids aren't great actors, but the adult cast buries any other series out right now (cough cough Twilight) I started reading them as a kid and I loved how they grew with you. The most important thing to remember is that you painstakingly sat through twilight. It will be a nice change to read a good book.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
If you made it through Twilight, you should at least try HP, even if just as a palate cleanser :) Here's my take: The first two books, although I've read them just as much as the others, are written more in a children's book kind of style. From the third book on, however, the books definitely grew with the audience and became much more complex and interesting. The character development is amazing - you'll find yourself missing the characters when you're done with the series - as is the imagination behind the stories. They're really just a great example of incredible storytelling. JK Rowling created an entire world that's so easy to get lost in. If you let yourself get into it, you'll be so happy you did!
krispin krispin 6 years
Let me just say, that I totally understand where you're coming from. I "hated" HP just because it was THE popular thing to read or watch. I tried to watch the movies, but the first one didn't get me hooked and I didn't remember what the story was about when the other movies came out. Last summer, out of sheer curiosity, I challenged myself to watch movies 1-5 in one week. I expected it to be a drag, but I finished in 3 days (I'd watch them back to back, but one has to eat, sleep and work...). It was amazing: the story, the characters, character development (!!), the twists and turns of the plot, the humour... Everything. And after that - the next logical step was to run to the bookstore, buy all the books and start reading. Everything I liked about the movies, I also found in the books. And there is so much more to the written story, I won't even start about it - some of the previous posts get the point across rather well. The first two books are almost identical to the movies, but the rest of them have so much more. Oh, and if I had to pick between Twilight or HP books - I'd pick HP in a heartbeat.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I know what you mean; there are so many books , movies, and tv shows (Hawaii 5-0; Glee) that I think I would like that I just have no desire to read or watch, despite the fact that they are in the vein of things I like. However, I hate Harry Potter and refuse to read the books or watch the movies; so what?! People need to get over themselves and stop trying to force their likes on others. It drives me crazy that all my friends constantly give me a hard time and act like I'm stupid because I don't use Macs. Bottom line is like what you want to like; don't force yourself (or anybody else) to do something you don't want to do...
Molly-Goodson Molly-Goodson 6 years
LBrad! I just started in September having seen NONE of the movies and teasing people with some "too mature" silliness for years. I am a convert, as evidenced by my lively (and totally annoying) incessant talking about it in the office. Do it! You know where to find all the books (my desk).
junebrug junebrug 6 years
You're really missing something. Whether you're into fantasy or not, they are beautiful books that delve into loyalty, friendship, strength, over coming fears and above all, the power of unconditional love.
pss pss 6 years
Oh my!this is an outrage! If you can read Twilight saga you really CAN read HP. Ernly said everything I wanted to say perfectly. Especially this part: "The series grew with the readers: Think of 1-2 as kids' books, 3-4 as teen books, and 5-7 as college-age books. It might be hard for you to get into the first couple, because they won't challenge you or dig too deep yet, but don't worry, they will. The books grew with the generation that read them. " The problem with the people who didn't start the saga while being a child is that when they start with the first book it cant get you gripped by this world because it is probably very childish, and it's the same with the second. But from the 3rd to the end the plot "grew with the generation that read them. " So the first one is going to be hard but you MUST give them a chance because IT IS HARRY POTTER, it is a master piece. You may know people that haven't read the books but I am sure you don't know anyone who read them and doesn't love them. And these people, we, can read it again and again,plus they've got the same anxiety to finish every single book as they've got the first time they read it.
genvessel genvessel 6 years
If you have read Twilight, you owe it to yourself to read HP. Seriously, Twilight it like the generic cast off peanut butter you have to buy because you spent too much of your paycheck on beer. But also because Harry Potter isn't about magic or quidditch or spells. It's about community and love. About the fact that literally nothing is more powerful than love and nothing is more important than to do life together with your people. It's about love and life and growing up and mourning and hope and the ultimate battle of good versus evil. It's a journey that has shaped me and almost everyone I love and I cannot recommend it more highly. Give yourself the space to read until Prisoner of Azkaban. The first two books are wading into the pool - PoA introduces you to the metanarrative in a way you hadn't encountered yet and it's fantastic. I'll tell you what : read the series. If you absolutely hate it and I'm totally wrong, then send me a message and I will mail you a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble to buy a replacement book. That's how strongly I believe in the tapestry of words enclosed in this series.
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