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Boarding the Bandwagon…One Decade Too Late


So I finished a book today. Well, actually seven books. I got into this series and couldn’t stop or do anything else until I finished.

The only problem is that it’s the Harry Potter series and I finally read them about a decade after everyone else on the planet. Actually more like 15 years, since the first book of the series was released in 1997, but I still have trouble admitting that “10 years ago” is in the 2000s, not the 1990s.

Obviously I loved the books (who didn’t?) and you might be wondering why I didn’t read them until this year (2012). I don’t have a good reason, really. I was in high school and college while they were at the height of their popularity and just wasn’t doing a lot of reading for fun. Then when the books were being made into movies, I was finishing college, adjusting to married life, working, and then becoming a mom. Fiction just wasn’t on my radar at the time, but it totally should have been. It would have been nice to have a fantasy world full of wizards to escape to at the end of a long day.

In some ways, it has been nice waiting until now to read them, because I didn’t have to endure that dreaded wait between book releases and could read them all in about three weeks. I also was able to watch each of the movies after completing the book, which helped.

I told my husband tonight that I absolutely would have been one of those midnight premiere geeks and would have thrown or attended a Harry Potter party (much like the Hunger Games premiere party earlier this year). I’m positive I would have wasted spent many hours online looking at fascinating HP facts and memes (luckily Pinterest helps me collect the best ones, saving me time). By the way, I just barely finished all of the Hunger Games books a few months before the movie hysteria began.

As silly as I feel for waiting so long to enter the Harry Potter fandom, I’m so glad I did. Now to start saving for a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Are there any books or movies you put off reading for a really long time and then finally gave in?

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. Ugh, I put off the Twilight Series. I didn’t want to read it. My sister made me watch the first 30 minutes of the first movie and I was hooked, read the whole series within a week!

    I am still not reading the Hunger Games. I just, I don’t know, don’t want to? I rather murder mysteries. BUT, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Harry Potter! Read the whole series many many times! And been to many of the movie openings as well!

  2. I haven’t read the Twilight series either!

  3. I had no intention of ever watching or reading the Twilight series. I have never liked vampires or werewolves. But my little sister said I had to give them a try and lent me the first two movies. Jim and I watched the first one, then immediately watched the second one, then immediately got the third one on On Demand, then went to see the fourth one in the theater the next day. Then I read all the books in a few weeks…and I’m a slow reader! I anticipated the release of the last movie all year, went to see it last weekend, and intend to go again. Needless to say, I have fallen in love with this series.