Completed: The Harry Potter Challenge!

NaNoWriMo progress report (day 4): 9,115 words to date. I’ve already had one writing session today, but I’d like to do another one, as I’d like to make it to 10,000 words by the end of today.



Now for some wonderful news. I have completed my very first reading challenge EVER!

Yes, that’s right. I’ve completed the Harry Potter Reading Challenge!

It will actually be one of my last reading challenges completed, because I’ve sworn off signing up for more reading challenges, even very interesting ones like the Women Unbound challenge (I had to sit on my hands to avoid giving into the temptation of that one – but if you’re looking for a great reading challenge, you should definitely consider this one).

I did the entire Harry Potter challenge in audio, and even though this is a reread for me, I realized I must have read the last two books in the series in one or two gulps; listening to the last two books, I found I had forgotten (more likely, “skimmed over”) a LOT of the plot, and so it was almost like reading them for the first time.

In other words, very, very exciting. And I cried lots, too. I even get teary eyed now when I think about what Harry named his middle child (you find this out in the epilogue. I won’t mention it here, as it’s a spoiler).

And while it’s a kind of funny thing to express appreciation for, I wouldn’t have finished listening to the series in audio so soon if I hadn’t had those days in October, and most recently, the first day in November, when I wasn’t feeling well. Audiobooks are great when you’re under the weather, and these Harry Potter ones were especially enjoyable.

I’ve had Harry and his friends as my bedtime reading for the past three months now – I’m really going to miss listening to the books. I’d definitely reread them all in audio again!

24 thoughts on “Completed: The Harry Potter Challenge!

  1. Julie

    Belle! You kick BUTT! 10,000 is an amazing word count just four days in, congrats. I’m working on making up for a busy start this week … hopefully I’ll get 10,000 by the weekend. I added you as a buddy on the NaNo site. :)
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..An Award and More Rambling =-.

  2. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    Congrats on finishing your first challenge! I try not to sign up for challenges because I don’t often finish and then I get frustrated. I definitely want to re-read Harry Potter though. Like you, I read through the last couple on a rush and probably missed some awesome stuff. Plus, I think re-reading the first ones knowing what is going to happen would show some interesting hints and foreshadowing.

  3. Cat Woods

    I’ve never participated in a reading challenge before. The challenge for me is keeping away from books to accomplish other life goals–like taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, etc…

    Nice word count and thanks for the tip on audio books. I might have to try it sometime even though I am seriously auditorily challenged.
    .-= Cat Woods´s last blog ..Day Four: Munchies and Mayhem =-.

  4. Dorte H

    Congratulations on finishing your challenge!

    I hope you are enjoying your NaNoWriMo! I am quite busy participating in an online writing course right now, but I will be back and see how you are doing!
    .-= Dorte H´s last blog ..The Blue Vase I =-.

  5. Nan

    Congrats! I’m listening to book 1 right now. I’m loving it! It’s the first audio book I’m able to actually follow. I usually don’t do well with audio books… but these are so good! I’m hoping to listen to books 1-4 (I think I’ve read through book 4) and then read books 5-7.

    Congrats again!
    .-= Nan´s last blog ..Skunked! =-.

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  7. Beth F

    I go out of town and you complete a loooooong challenge. I haven’t even started the first book for the HP challenge (yes, I’ve read them all but I wanted to listen to them for this challenge).

    Way to go!!!!! And congrats on sticking with your writing this month.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..What’s in a Name 2: Wrap Up =-.


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