It’s been over 5 years since I last reread the series. I not that long ago went to the Warner Brothers Studio in London on the Harry Potter Studio tour, and a group of friends decided to start a reread, so why not.
Rereading is such a joy. It really makes clear just how much thought was put into the series. There is SO much foreshadowing and little hints about future plot points, even right from the beginning. And it’s these details which make doing a reread rewarding. Like the fact that twice Harry has the horrible feeling that Snape could read minds. Well, he can!
And there is so much detail that I have forgotten, and I keep having thoughts that I never had previously about the books. Often they are picking up plot holes which are quite numerous, but it’s not that these holes make the series worse, they just make me enjoy it further. Because some of them give you great freedom to try and imagine how the hole is fixed or what else was going on. JK’s world is so enormous, that even with Pottermore, there is so much left unexplored, and so many questions that are still left unanswered.
Like how did the Dursleys get off the island after Hagrid and Harry let on the boat? And would Voldemort have been visible on the Maurader’s Map at all? Or much more importantly, what about old Peter Pettigrew (and does Scabbers being a human explain why Ron couldn’t use that spell to turn him yellow?).
It was really nice to go back to be beginning, and see how it all started. To see Ron and Harry’s instant friendship, and how it took a while to warm to Hermione. I’m quite glad that I still liked reading it so many years after I last read it. It’s a good testament to the quality of these books.