Looking For Potter Heads! Winter Re-Read/Readalong


Are you a Potter Head?  Do you….

Sometimes find yourself whispering a spell under your breath at a family member, co-worker, or friend?


Get excited every time you see one of the movies playing on TV?


Have now or ever in your past used a Harry Potter type of ring tone (this also counts if your phone case has now or ever been Harry Potter)?


Own(ed) any sort of Potter paraphernalia – IE.  Article of clothing, movies, costumes, a wand, board game, posters, bookmarks, signs… ok – you know what I mean ;).


Ever went to Universal Studies in Orlando mainly because of Harry Potter World?


Recited movie lines or profound Dumbledore quotes with a sense of superiority?


Well… if you said yes to any of the above.  YOU are a Potter Head.  And this post is for you.  AND if you are new to the whole Potter literacy PHENOMENA, well, first I take a moment of silence for you…. and then I offer you to read on as well, as an opportunity awaits you as well. (you will be known as First Years)

Starting in November I will be hosting a Harry Potter Re-Read that I am SUPER EXCITED about.  Pull those books off the shelf, or pick them up at your local library, download on your e readers, or listen to on audio (also super fantastic with either narrator I am just saying!).  However you decide to join in… all are welcome.

Throughout our 5 months allowed for the Re-Read there will be dates to discuss the book, add your posts, or add comments to the new tab I will have right below the Book Journey Header.  You can pop in whenever you want to add your thoughts, look for new contests, etc… check back often – not everything will be posted and I want to keep this as lose as unstructured as possible as that is where I thrive best.

If you want in… and I hope you do… please grab one of the following memes from below for your own blog.  If you do not blog, see below for further instructions.










Once you have chosen your House, please write a post about your involvement in this project as well as what year you are (see years below to help you).  By writing a post you will be helping to pass the word about this Re-Read so more may hear about it and join in.  You may also choose to leave a comment here about which House you are in and what year you are.  *This will also be where those without blogs can can leave a comment of how they are participating.

So… here is how you decide on what year you are:

First Years:  You have read The Sorcerer’s Stone or you have not read and Harry Potter books

Second Years:  You have read Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets

Third Years:  You have read the two mentioned above as well as The Prisoner or Azkaban

Fourth Years:  You have read the three above as well as The Goblet Of Fire

Fifth Years:  You have read the four above and the Order Of The Phoenix

Sixth Years:  You have read the five above and The Half Blood Prince

Seventh Years:  You have read all of the Harry Potter books


Now, some of you may be unsure what house you may fall in.  So we will pull out the sorting hat.  Click below on the sorting hat to have the hat choose a house for you… but know this…  what you desire is also considered, so you may choose your own house as well.


The “loosely applied” reading of each book will look like this:

Nov 1 – Nov. 16 – The Sorcerer’s Stone

Nov 17 – Dec. 6th – Chamber Of Secrets

Dec. 7 – Dec. 29th –  The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Dec 30th – Jan 20th – The Goblet Of Fire

Jan. 21st – Feb 13th – Order Of The Phoenix

Feb. 14th – March 7th – The Half Blood Prince

March 8th – March 31st – The Deathly Hallows


There you have it!  All communications will be under the tab under the Book Journey Header called “Harry Potter Re-Read”.  As I mentioned check it often as surprise posts and giveaways will be added by sponsors as we go.

Special note:  You will win “House Points” by participating in commenting, giveaways, and more (all of this will be revealed thought the Harry Potter Re-Read tab).  Your house point totals will show under tabs as well.  It s going to be good fun!  Really!

To commit (and so I can communicate with you if you win anything) please sign up using the form below:

I will personally be kicking off with a trip to Harry Potter World in Orlando Florida.  I will send some posts from there and give you a peek at some of the items that may be coming home with me for giveaways!

 The hashtag for the read-a-long on twitter is #hpreadalong

  Hope you will join me!

67 thoughts on “Looking For Potter Heads! Winter Re-Read/Readalong

  1. SHEILA, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!!!! lol This is almost imPOssible for me to resist! I was HEAVILY into the series and theorized for years before “Deathly Hallows” was released. Every now and then I have the desire to reread, but my TBR is SO long, even THINKing about rereading ANY book gets pushed to the side, and I’ve already read this series 3 times (plus bits after that!). Oh, man—-*wrestling with thoughts* *chewing on fear of the weight of this task*—-sheesh! CURSE you, woman! I would never use an unforgivable curse on you, but “Expelliarmus!” just might do! lol How can I choose to do this when I already KNOW I’m probably not able to fit it in! Grrrrr…the struggle is IMMENSE! I mean, I should KNOW better, but how can I walk away? After all—“It is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities.” Right? AAAAGGGHHH!!! Before I commit, I should pull out my old charts that kept me on track to reread the whole series before the Hallows release to see if I should attempt this…

    OK, I did it in about 5 1/2 months.

    I KNOW I will regret not having this fun and must somehow find a way to do this, so—-against my better judgement—-I’m doing it *sigh* Oooooh, man. And of course, I want to be in Gryffindor, but Pottermore picked me as a Hufflepuff! What to do. What to do….this is killing me! I’ll get you for this, Sheila! lol And I’m totally telling my HPTheoryMonger friends ’cause there’s a VERY good chance they’ll want to feel like we’re resurrecting old times! lol We’ll see how this goes down. lol

  2. So now I know! I’ve been wondering for quiet awhile what you’re whispering under your breath when we hang out. Could you tell me what spell, that way I can plan accordingly?

  3. OK, I’ve told me old Monger pals through email and on facebook. One says she’s going to do it ’cause I’m doing it. See what you started?! lol And I’m going to make my own reading calendar since, as we know, the length of the last 4 books is much more than the first 3.

      1. OK, I actually did the math. Not that anyone else may care as much as I do, but: there are 4100 pages to all 7 books, 198 chapters (plus the Epilogue) in all and 151 days in the 5-month period. If I were to divide it evenly (which I won’t do exactly ’cause it won’t work), I (we) would have to average 1.3 chapters or about 28 pages per day to do it in exactly 151 days 🙂 I average about 1 1/2 minutes per page so I have to make sure I can read at least 1 – 1 1/2 hours per day and since I’m lucky I get in 15-30 (sometimes NONE), this is NOT going to be easy! lol What I’m hoping is I can figure out how to get in this kind of reading time and hopefully make the habit stick somehow! We’ll see how it goes! Regardless, it should be fun just talking about HP again 😀

  4. This sounds so cool! If only I had the time… I might have to do it anyway!! I honesty don’t know how many times I’ve read / listened to the books, but it’s been too long.

  5. This is perfect timing! Kate (Midnight Book Girl) and I were just talking last weekend about this and decided to kind of reread them together. It’s been way too long for me! Plus I’ve never reread the 6th or 7th book!

  6. I believe you have read my mind. I’ve been thinking about a re-read for months, It’s been three years since I listened to the books read by Stephen Fry (truly magical), and this summer I won a whole new set of the books from a Norwegian publishing agency. Count me in!

  7. Sometimes I wish you had the like button installed so I can tap on that star. Oh boy, this is tempting. May give me an excuse to buy that kindle package off of Pottermore.

  8. Hey! This is an amazingly serendipitous feature! I’ve listened to the first four Harry Potter novels this year, and was just realizing that with all my other commitments, I wouldn’t be able to pick up The Order of the Phoenix until January! I’ve been following up each listen with the matching movie and overall catching up on the phenom that is HP! My involvement may be light until then (think of me as wearing an invisibility cloak!) but I’m definitely onboard 🙂

  9. Sheila, I’m just letting you (and anyone else who may actually read this comment) know that yesterday I spent a couple of hours making a detailed reading chart for myself (and did it even a touch nicer if anyone else finds it useful) so I know I’m keeping on track with the books. It has my mathematical time line according to page count, and your time line. It will be available for download when my first post (which is already written) goes up on the 1st 🙂 I still think I’m crazy for doing this, but think it’s going to be SO MUCH FUN! 😀

  10. I have read all but the last one! I will be checking in to discuss the books and will share on social media.

  11. This is AWESOME! Thanks for hosting this, and I can’t wait to see your kick off with your WWOHP pictures!

  12. Ahh, I wish I had found this post before today! I’ll definitely write up a post on Monday–and share all sorts of pictures from WWOHP and my trip to King’s Cross in my post! 🙂 This is timed SO WELL, too! I’m going back to WWOHP next month so my friends and I can see the Diagon Alley expansion. This is my first readalong, and I am SO EXCITED.

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