For this category, I chose to read the first book of Harry Potter : Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, published by Bloomsbury Libri. When I was a highscool student, I only read the first two books and half of the third. Since that time, nothing. I must have seen all the movies almost three times each, but I was excited to read the books.
I only bought the first three books in English for now. And I actually read voraciously the first book in ten days. I was really proud of myself, having read my first book in English. I had difficulties with some vocabulary, especially with Hagrid‘s accent initially. But, after a few pages, I got it. I’m very happy I read this book in English because I really had the impression to be closer to the characters and to the story. I also saw a few differences with the French book.
What to say about it which hasn’t been said before ? I first saw the movies and I found that the first one was very close to the book. I felt that the atmosphere was enchanting. J.K. Rowling is able to transport us into a real unique world. Each fantasy creature, each magic stuff, each single place is unique and creates a fantastic atmosphere. It made me want to write so many times ! It’s a super inspirational story !
About the characters, I loved Hermione Granger, who is a little more infiurating than in the film. It was especially on this point that there are a few differences, and the character of Hermione is a little changed. I still prefer the book version, where the characters are a little deeper. I really loved Neville Longbottom‘s character too, who is funny and endearing. And what to say about Professor McGonagall and Professor Dumbledore ? I think everyone knows what I’m thinking of. Magic.
Finally, I was totally charmed by the books and so in love with the story. More than by watching the movies. I think I discovered a Potterhead soul somewhere within me. I wasn’t disappointed at all in reading the book in English, I rather found this volume better than the French version. I’m excited to read the second volume which, is in my reading list for March… 🙂