Hello my name is Amy and I’m DNFing Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I’m also canceling my re-read of the series and considering weeding them from my home shelves. Sacrilege! How dare I? What kind of monster are you? Before you gather up your pitchforks and light the torches to show up at my door and kick me out of the village let me explain why.
The main reason is that I’ve moved on and am looking for something more adult in a fantasy read. I want some romance, I want more adult situations, and I don’t want to read about life in secondary school (or even college) anymore. I’m well past these days in my life and it just doesn’t hold my interest anymore, I’m having trouble relating. When I first read this series I was in college or freshly graduated and I was able to appreciate life at Hogwarts more.
The reason I want to weed them from my shelves is the policy I have on only keeping books I plan to re-read. I seriously doubt that I am ever going to read the adventures of Mr. Potter again. I know one should never say never, but I can check these books out from the library if the bug should ever bite and I need to spend some time at Hogwarts. Update: The spousal unit has saved the books from weeding as he has never read the complete series, so they will now find a home on his shelves.
Now I realize I may have offended some of the more devout Potter fans out there by my decision to DNF the series. I would like to point out that I have read them once. I still think they are great books and an excellent series for reluctant readers of JF level books. I will remember fondly my time spent there and not try to recapture the magic it once held, for I’ve found it is fleeting. I’m afraid rereading them will simply result in lower star ratings and will tarnish my memories of the world. On to new worlds and adventures.