I started reading the Harry Potter books to Daniel when he was young but we only got as far as the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, before he decided that he wanted to read the books himself. I never read the rest of the books. It was a similar story with the films, I got so far with them but because I hadn't read all the books, I never bothered with the later films. I decided that I'd rectify this so I put Read all the Harry Potter books at number 32 on my 50 Before 50 list and Watch all the Harry Potter films at number 33.
I started reading the books again right from the beginning and the same with the films. I usually try to read a book before seeing a film but I didn't in this case, I finished watching all the films quite early in the challenge and I really enjoyed them.
You can see from the above photo that the earlier books are much shorter than the later ones, I've read them over a period of time and have just finished them. There were some things in the films which I didn't quite understand but the books answered the questions I had. I often find that a film skates over an important issue whereas a book provides greater attention to detail.
I really enjoyed the story as a whole but I have some favourite books. I love Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as this is where it all began. I really enjoyed being introduced to the characters and getting a feel for how the story would progress. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is another favourite. I enjoyed the Triwizard Tournament and found this a really exciting story. I also enjoyed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because this is the book where everything is explained.
Have you read Harry Potter or seen the films? Which ones are your favourites?