People have been surprised that I hadn't read the series until now. I read "Twilight" but not Harry Potter? What the what?
Sadly, I thought it was just something "everyone else was doing" and I didn't feel like getting all caught up in the hoopla. When I got all caught up with the "Twilight" hoopla, I realized what I had missed out on. The ability to sit and talk about something everyone else was talking about (OK, not everyone, but you get what I mean).
I tried reading "The Sorcerer's Stone" years ago when it first came out in paperback, but for some reason, I stopped at the first 100-or-so pages. I returned to it this summer, and pushed through those 100 pages again, and then I couldn't put the book down. I had slightly ruined it in my head because I saw the movie when it first came out, so I already knew what was going on, but I still couldn't fully remember everything, so I was still surprised with the ending.
The one thing that Rowling confused me on, however, was the use of too many P words and names for my taste: Percy, prefect, and Peeves. Peeves would come around and I would have NO CLUE what Peeves was. I kept forgetting. And, then, I couldn't figure out Filch or Miss Higgins. Was it Miss Higgins that was cleaning up after the kids and Filch was the cat? Or was it the other way around?
For those of you who've read the series about 10 times, I realize now that Filch is the caretaker, Miss Higgins is the cat, and Peeves is the poltergeist.
I'm still trying to figure out and remember all of the names. There are a ton of characters in these books, but when that's the case, I don't tend to pay as much attention to them. I just try to remember the name and move on.
I'll probably care more when one of them dies...