Picture fom Barnes and Noble.com


This summer I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series. 

The second to last movie is coming out this fall and I am anxious to see it. I am wondering how they will fit everything in that in past movies was deemed unnecessary.


So now I am re-reading the books and remembering why we all fell in love with Harry in the first place. It’s not just that he is a cute kid, Harry is pretty smart. He puts together clues and can think on his feet. 

But more importantly he finds friends with people others might consider 

How the three looked when we first met. Picture from IMDb.com.


cast off kids. Ron is one of the poorest students at Hogwarts while Hermione is an annoying know-it-all. Together, the three of them are an awesome force, able to compliment each others skills and natural abilities. 

I have just finished the Chamber of Secrets and found myself laughing at little things, such as Ron’s disgust with Hagrid’s idea of a good pet. Who could forget the ghost party and Snape’s joy at almost having Harry and Ron expelled. 

Next up is the Prisoner of Azkaban and how I look forward to it. Harry begins to learn a little more about his parents and himself. He will find lost members of the family and discover big secrets. Plus, he will show himself to be a powerful wizard. 

What I love about the Harry Potter series is the giddiness of Harry’s discoveries. For Ron, some of it’s old hat. He knows the old tales and is our ambassador to the world of magical living. But like Harry and Hermione, we are all learning it for the first time. We are discovering this world. We appreciate their wonder and awe of what magic can do. 

Lord Voldemort, picture from IMDb.com


While Lord Voldemort is the ultimate boogeyman, he is also a reminder that no matter what type of world we live in there is on person who needs something more to be satisfied. Voldemort’s ultimate desire for immortality may be the stated goal. But I think what he wants more than anything is to matter, to make sure he never needs anyone but all will be dependant on him. 

Now I know there are people who totally hate the Potter series. They have made judgments without reading a single book in the series. Or they focus on the point that Harry and the gang tend to lie about the things happening to them. So let me ask this. Do you lie about how you are feeling so someone will not worry needlessly about you? Do you lie when you do not want to look silly or stupid? Do you lie to avoid dealing with a sticky issue? 

Thought so. 

If none of that applies to you then step on up for your wings and halo. You obviously do not belong with us mere mortals who make mistakes and do things they should not. And if your plan is to argue with me about the lack of input from God in these books, perhaps you need to read the seventh book so you can get the message of the whole series. 

Picture from barnesandnoble.com.


http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/watch?v=_EC2tmFVNNELast but not least, enjoy the trailer for the movie that comes out in about four months. Look at it to see what you recognize from the last book. And then tell me what this series has meant for you. 

Karyn Bowman lives in Kankakee County with her husband and children. Become friends with Karyn on Facebook.