Harry Potter is amazing..
..we all know that.
I was one of the people that grew up with Harry Potter. I read the books as they came out, I went to midnight releases, I saw the first Harry Potter film with my like 5th grade class at school (we went on a FIELD TRIP to see it as a class! awesome!). I have always adored the books and I feel like I got the full, childhood experience.
But that being said…
I can’t reread the first 3 books
I can (and have) reread the last four no problem! I love doing it, and I actually just very recently finished a reread. But I can’t touch the first three books. If you compare the first three to the last three, the first three are very… childish. It’s clear that they’re children’s books/middle grade. They’re young and innocent and the writing is simple. I’m sad to say that I can’t read those books and actually enjoy them.
If I’m being honest, the first three were never my favourite to begin with. The first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I DNF’d it. That’s super embarrassing, but it’s true. I forget how old I was… maybe 11 or 12? I read it and thought it was boring and didn’t like it… Although, I never even got to the point where Harry found out he was a wizard (I DNF’d just before Hagrid arrived).
(I did eventually read it again and finish it, though!)
I can’t reread those books for the simple fact that they feel childish, and I don’t like reading children’s books, or even middle grade (Rick Riordan being an exception to that).
But I feel like once we get to book four, the tone of the books really change. They get darker, more intense, and Harry is growing up. As Harry gets older, the books start to feel more like young adult than middle grade. And THAT’S when I start to love them.