I started reading them when I was 30. Don’t worry about grade levels, just immerse yourself in the story and forget about the bullshit of real life.
Yeah I was well into my 30s when the books came out. I picked up the first one (probably about the time the fourth came out) to see what the buzz was about. The storytelling and characters grabbed me so I bought the rest, then each one as they came out.
I have heard many times in the last decade or so that much of the best fantasy writing is being marketed as young adult these days, so don't be afraid to dip into that demographically targeted world from time to time.
Never too late to enjoy harry potter! It will only gets better! In the sense that the characters mature and by the last books they are probably your age.
And this is just me being picky on you and half a joke, but the phrase *I may almost be an adult* is something I picture coming out of my mouth... and i'm 24
There's no reason to be think you shouldn't read or like them because of your age. I'm 27, and I read HP annually. I also still enjoy YA fiction immensely. About 90% of my personal library is YA
Kudos to you for reading the books after having seen the movies. So many people I know don't bother to do so. I'm jealous that you're reading the books for the first time. I've read the series a few times now and there's nothing quite like discovering Rowling's world for the first time! She has quite the knack for detail and I love her descriptions of the food.
It only gets better, my friend. I’m excited for you!
I gotta say that even in reading these books as an adult, the teenage lust/dating/romance parts are so well done that in no way do they make you embarassed or uncomfortable to read them. She did a really good job writing these bits. They are fleeting moments that don't explode with drama, and even the more dramatic moments don't make you feel like you're uncomfortably wandering along with some 15 year old looking to get their dick wet.
I was 15 when the book came out (my whole family got sucked into those books...) and I always pictured myself a couple years older. I always imagined being good friends with Fred and Geogre because i would be in their year... I'm now in my early 30's and when I hear about Harry Potter it feels like a high school reunion.
You are going to learn so much about the wizarding world. And you’re going to love book Ginny. I read the first three books shortly before Goblet came out, when a friend loaned me the books. I was in my late 30s, so age just doesn’t matter. I read them all in one weekend and I’ve been hooked ever since. I read the entire series about once a year, and I have the Stephen Fry audible version on the flash drive in my car. I’m just starting Deathly Hallows.
I am looking to review some of the harry potter books when i get through my other books as well. do you know which one is the most exciting one to get through?
The final books weren't out until I was an adult anyway. And now friends are reading them for the first time anyway. Once you're out of school you never have to worry about reading levels anyway and just read for the stories and writing you enjoy.
I know people throw this around a lot on this sub but "I'm so jealous that you get to read them all for the first time". I have reread this series countless times and even though the magic never really goes away nothing replaces the insane joy I felt reading this series the first time.
I'm in my mid-30s and reading them for the first time with my 10-year-old. It's an awesome experience, and she loves the books so far, but I think I might actually be more into them than she is. There's just a lot more that you pick up about the characters when you're a little bit older. Only just finished Goblet of Fire, but HP is on track to be one of my favorite series of all time.
And I say this as an English major who spent years studying the Western Canon and was once obnoxiously snobby about popular fiction being beneath me. Cringe.
I was like 18 or so when the 5th Harry Potter movie was coming out. Decided that I better read through it before seeing the movie. It was during the summer, and I read through the whole series in a week (stayed up all night a few times).
This is funny. My girlfriend convinced me to read them my senior year of high school as well! Then we both convinced my mom to read them. We fell in love with them. Three years later, all three of us are going to Harry Potter world in Orlando in a week. Never a bad time to start!
You're never too old to read harry patter. I'm listening to audio books during my commute and I'm finishing up Goblet of Fire. Shit gets real in that book. Amazing world building. Slightly predictable plot turns but fantastic. She ends chapters like no other author.
I started reading them as a Senior in High School as well, which I just realized with some alarm was some eighteen years ago.