Winter Readalong ~ Harry Potter Series

Sheila at Book Journey is hosting a winter readalong of the Harry Potter series. As my regular readers are probably aware, I’ve never read the Harry Potter series. It was one of the goals I had set for myself at the beginning of this year. I had even toyed with setting up a challenge similarly to Shaken, Not Stirred where we would read the (audio)book and then watch the movie. This year has not gone at all like I had planned. Thankfully my good friend Tanya pointed out Sheila’s readalong to me. I think it will be a lot more fun to go through this series with Potter Heads.

To join Sheila’s readalong you have to select a house and a year. Being almost entirely unaware of Harry Potter and his world, I had no idea which one to pick. So, I joined Pottermore and took the house quiz. I couldn’t believe how fun it was to select my animal (Siamese cat) and to have my wand selected for me (it’s really neat, I think) first. After taking the quiz, the Sorting Hat placed me in Hufflepuff. I have no idea what this will mean for me, but I love the name and it should make it interesting to know as I get started. I wonder if it will inform how I feel about the characters? As for the year, if you look up First Year in the Harry Potter dictionary, you will find a picture of me there.



Thanks for organizing this readalong, Sheila! I’m excited to get started. If you’d like to join the readalong, click on the Hufflepuff graphic. This is going to be fun!


  • At 2014.10.31 14:53, Julie Merilatt said:

    OMG you’re going to have so much fun. So jealous, I wish I could read them all again for the first time!

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    • At 2014.11.05 20:35, Jennifer said:

      I’m almost finished with Sorcerer’s Stone and it’s been a lot of fun so far.

    • At 2014.11.01 14:01, Dogearedcopy said:

      YAY! I went ahead and listened to the first four books as narrated by Jim Dale, and watched the first four movies a la #shakennotstirred, though regrettably without a tweetchat session in progress! I’m all for a re-watch though, so if you want to, we could do a tweetchat of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on/around November 16!

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      • At 2014.11.05 20:36, Jennifer said:

        A November 16th tweetchat is on!!!!

        • At 2014.11.09 05:49, Sheila (Book Journey) said:

          I am going to try to do it too!

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      • At 2014.11.05 08:53, Sheila (Book Journey) said:

        I am beyond excited that you are joining in as a first time reader of all things Hogwarts! Welcome to Hufflepuff!

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        • At 2014.11.05 20:38, Jennifer said:

          I’m having fun so far. Thanks so much for hosting this. I’m really excited about it!

        • At 2014.11.05 20:35, Jackie said:

          Wow ya it’s as good a time as any to start reading Harry Potter. I hope you enjoy the books as I’m sure you will.

          • At 2014.11.05 20:39, Jennifer said:

            I’m about to head into the Forbidden Forest with Harry and having a great time. This is great reading challenge. 🙂

            • At 2014.11.05 20:41, Jackie said:

              Oh Yes yes it is a great adventure! I finished reading it yesterday . The Forbidden Forest is very dangerous. What were they thinking sending kids into it as punishment?!

          • At 2014.11.06 10:40, Erin said:

            Hufflepuffs are the best! They’re friendly and aren’t as darn serious as those other houses. Don’t let anyone persuade you otherwise!

            • At 2014.11.06 17:03, Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said:

              Yay for a first year! I really hope you enjoy them and Hufflepuffs are awesome, even though I am a Slytherin myself. I’m so jealous you get to read them for the first time, but I will say they only get better with each re-read. You find yourself noticing things you didn’t catch before.

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              • At 2014.11.07 08:57, Heather said:

                Prepare to get addicted!

                • At 2014.11.07 11:42, :Donna said:

                  Jennifer, I am SO excited for you reading this INCREDIBLE series for the first time!!! There’s nothing like it 🙂 I know you’ve already gobbled up Sorcerer’s Stone and are probably well into Chamber of Secrets. How fun this all is! Go Hufflepuffs! 😀

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                  • At 2014.11.12 21:14, Megan Wargula said:

                    I agree with Julie…I wish I could read them again for the first time, too! I can’t wait to hear how you like them!

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