In preparation for the final Harry Potter movie, I'm rereading the entire series. Now, I've basically been reading HP since the summer of 2002, and as soon as I would finish whichever books were available at the time, I would take a cue from Brian McKnight and start back at one. I kept up this trend until about a year and a half ago, when I started getting into more books and decided to give Harry + Co. a well-deserved break. That being said, I've probably read the entire series about a billion times (both the US and the UK versions).
Since I have read them so many times, I tend to lose the meaning and the importance of the words on the page, letting my eyes run over them in a familiar manner without letting anything really sink in. I started thinking about this a few months ago when my mom was reading the series for the first time, and I had the chance to see it through her eyes. She'd make a comment about certain passages or plot points, and I'd think, "Man, how could she tell that from so far into the beginning?" I felt as though I were taking these characters for granted, treating them like comfort food more than anything else.
With that inspiration and keeping those thoughts in mind, I am doing this reread slowly and carefully, trying to fully appreciate the words on the page and the deeper meanings to them for the first time since I cracked their spines. I also plan on writing an entry for each novel and talking about my favorite chapter after I finish each one. In order to do this before the movie comes out, I've got to read about 4 chapters a day. So far, I'm at a good pace, and I can probably finish before the deadline (which is about a week before the movie is released). I haven't purposefully done this before any of the other movies, mostly because I didn't want to ruin a movie by noticing all the things that were changed and/or omitted. I'm kind of excited about this.
Also, if you happen upon one of the 7 entries, please feel free to post your own thoughts about the books, whether they are telling me that you agree with my choice or telling me that I need to find a hobby, mate. I'm so very anxious to see this film, and I'm hoping I won't be the worst crier in the theater...