I've been waiting for the exact right time to introduce my kids to Harry Potter.
I'm not the kind of fan that would dress up like a character and I don't know the realm of wizardy the way some people do - as if they actually live there.
I have read every book and I did eagerly wait for their release in between books. I devoured them when they came out.
I have stood in line for a midnight showing of a Harry Potter movie and I have shared Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans with people in line - great fun to hand someone a booger flavored bean!
I purchased a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a while back and have been waiting for the right time for it to become our family book. And that time is now.
It started out pretty slow. We read a chapter one night and then it was about a week before we picked it up again. Then a few nights. Read half a chapter. But then we implemented our new schedule and reading time at bed time became a priority. And missing Harry Potter time is a Big Deal.
Teagan is hooked.
I'm reading the book to both kids. And Teagan is fully invested. She remembers where we left off in the story, she asks questions about what things mean or why things have happened. She has even asked for reading time in the middle of the day - we sat on the porch and read a chapter on Mother's Day.
We're about half way through the book and I'm falling in love with it all over again. It's a different experience to read it 14 years later and also to read it out loud and see parts of it through my children's eyes.
We're at the part where Harry has just had his first flying lesson and gets caught by Professor McGonagall. Fans know what happens next...
I love that Teagan wants to know what Hagrid looks like, what Harry looks like and that we get to talk about the descriptions of them in the book and come up with our own versions instead of my child already knowing the movie version of the characters. I love that Zach sits quietly and listens - even though I know he is getting a different experience than Teagan. I love that Teagan always wants to read more. I love that she picks up the book and rereads chapters we've already read.
I also love that reading together as a family has meant that reading has kicked up as a hobby for all of us. Zach loves it when Teagan reads Junie B. Jones books to him. Jeff is almost always reading something. I'm in the middle of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children now, too.
It's going to be a summer of reading!