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HP Re-read | Wrap-up!

Hi! I’m finally here to post my final HP re-read wrap-up! I kept forgetting that I still needed to write this so that’s why it’s so late (also I couldn’t make up my mind about my rankings). This re-read has been super fun and it seems that a lot of my opinions have changed since my last time!

To recap, here’s links to all my individual book wrap-ups:
Sorcerer’s Stone + Top 7 Characters
Chamber of Secrets + Top 7 Locations
Prisoner of Azkaban + Top 7 Magical Creatures
Goblet of Fire + Top 7 Spells
Order of the Phoenix + Top 7 Harry Sass Moments
Half-Blood Prince + Top 7 Magical Objects
Deathly Hallows + Top 10 Chapters

So in my original HP post, I ranked all the books and movies in order of favorites to see if the rankings would change after this re-read! And boy, did it. The changes almost gave me an emotional crisis because I’ve ALWAYS ranked PoA as my favorite for both book and movie, but this time I had a really hard time figuring out my Top 3 books. My friends and I haven’t finished our HP movie rewatch yet, so I’m not gonna rank those, but PoA is still my fave movie (duh). If I had to guess I think DH Part II would be lower and Part I would be higher, since this re-read has made me realize that I hate a lot of the changes they made in DH II. SOOOO, book rankings!!!

Old Book Rankings
Prisoner of Azkaban
Order of the Phoenix
Deathly Hallows
Half-Blood Prince
Goblet of Fire
Sorcerer’s Stone
Chamber of Secrets

NEW BOOK RANKINGS
Order of the Phoenix
Half-Blood Prince
Prisoner of Azkaban
Deathly Hallows
Goblet of Fire
Sorcerer’s Stone
Chamber of Secrets

So my bottom three stayed the same, but my Top 4 were CONSTANTLY changing. Honestly, ask me again next month and I may have changed my mind again. Knocking Prisoner of Azkaban from the top spot took me AGES to decide on, and there are even some moments when I think about putting Deathly Hallows above it as well (aghhhhh). I finished OotP (and I know it’s a lot of people’s least favorite but I will FIGHT FOR THAT BOOK TO THE DEATH) and it just had SO much that I loved. It’s probably a little unfair because obviously it’s the longest book and therefore has the most in it, but it’s just really emotional and there’s technically more Sirius in it than in PoA, which is one of the main reasons why I love PoA so much. But then I started to think that there’s a period of time in PoA where the Trio are fighting, which I don’t like because I love when they’re working together.

Honestly just writing all of this out is making me second guess myself. Half-Blood Prince is SUCH a close second now because it’s a frickin’ incredible book. There’s SO many great moments and the Harry/Dumbledore relationship is one of my favorite in literature, so I might just say it’s my number 1 book at any moment. I HATE THAT IM SO CONFLICTED ABOUT THIS NOW BUT HERE WE ARE. Also I’ve officially decided that HBP is my favorite cover of the series!

Welp, this caused me way more stress and indecision that it should have. I wonder if it would be helpful to eventually re-read them spaced out rather than one after the other? That might help me differentiate between them more so I could settle on a singular favorite. Whatever, I’d rather have more absolute favorites than least favorites!! My next plan for a re-read is to listen to the audiobooks, which I’ve heard are AMAZING, but that won’t be for a few years at least.

YAY, RE-READ OFFICIALLY COMPLETE! This has all been in preparation for my trip to HP WORLD ORLANDO in one frickin’ week!!!!!! I’m insanely excited and I might cry when I get there. My friend and I are spending two days at Universal doing all the HP things we can manage, and then we’re gonna pop over to Disney for a day, too! I think it’ll be really fun and I can’t wait.

I have one more HP-themed post planned, which is a little game that I once saw on Tumblr ages ago and I’ve wanted to try for years. That might not go up until next month though, so look out for that! Also, I’d love to know everyone else’s book rankings, or your favorite one of the series if you don’t have a full ranking! 🙂

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