I started re-reading Harry Potter.
Got through the first two books, and they were alright—I certainly enjoyed these two more as a child. Got to the third one, it was alright until the climax. Wow, The Prisoner of Azkaban, when Snape walks in on Sirius Black, Lupin and Worm Tail. Literally the worse situation that could’ve happened, as if a parent walked in on your cli— well, you know what I mean 😅. Great book, I nodded and moved on.
I’m finally reading The Goblet of Fire. Wow. Now I remember exactly why J.K. Rowling is THE best Fantasy author of my lifetime. It not just the tight plotting, nor the life-like characters, it’s her setting. She brings the magical world of wizardry to life. Everything she writes is through the lens of her setting. She shows so many different, unique and creative uses of magic. I’m speechless at how amazing her work is. Though, my extra positive reaction toward the fourth book might just be a reflection on Rowling’s growth as a writer, Goblet of Fire is definitely when ‘S#!T hits the fan.’
How she matured, that J.K. Rowling.
I’ve read MANY fantasy books, but it’s quite clear why Harry Potter is the most successful (in my lifetime). Truly, J.K. Rowling is talented like no other, I marvel at her work. My life goal is to read Harry Potter once a year from now on—I know for a fact it will improve my writing.
Thank you for reading 🙂
-Thomas J Benedict