A few months ago the script came out for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is the new Harry Potter play. Emma bought the manuscript of this play, which comes in book form, and quickly read it.
We are big Harry Potter fans in the Williams house. I was very excited to read the script as well, but it had been years since I read the books, so I am reading back through them again before I read the script.
I just finished book #3 this past weekend. As any fans of the book series will know, this task has just gotten much more serious for me, as the books all become almost twice as long after #3.
I love Harry Potter, but I’m learning something interesting in this endeavor. I can only remember a couple times that I ever read a novel more than once. I have read The Picture of Dorian Gray a few times, but not much more than Oscar Wilde has been able to get me to re-read a novel.
Reading back through Harry Potter has been fascinating, mostly because I had forgotten many of the small side stories that happen within the series. Especially the side stories that got left out of the movies. I also love seeing things that seem to be innocuous in the very early books, which I know come back in a huge way later on in the series.
More than anything, I am reminded of Scripture as I re-read this series. Not in the content of the novels, but in the practice of re-reading. I have been so pleasantly surprised by how different these books read the second time, and how I see new and different things than I did the first time. I am a different person now than when I read these books years ago.
Scripture is like this in a powerful way. So often I find myself reading a familiar passage of scripture, and say to myself, wow, I never thought of this passage that way. It seems that we can get something new and different out of even the most familiar passages when we read them again and again.
I don’t know if you are a fan of reading, but if you are, I would encourage you to pick up an old book series and re-read it. It’s marvelous what will come out of it. And I encourage all of you to read and re-read scripture. God is still speaking, and God finds new ways to bring life and hope out of even the most well-known passages.
Have a wonderful week my friends,