• Noha Badawi

Harry Potter Audiobooks; a magical experience.

“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” ― J.K. Rowling

Indeed, Hogwarts is always there to welcome me back with open arms and a dab of much needed magic. Every year, I get the urge to open one of the #HarryPotter books to re-read and loose myself a bit in the story. A couple of months ago, I decided this time around I'll re-read the entire series and I wanted to give the #audibooks a shot. I've been hearing a lot about those Pottermore published audiobooks and that the narrator was extraordinary and I thought to myself, what do I have to lose? The minute Stephen Fry's voice blew into my ears with the opening of #HarryPotterandthePhilosophersStone I knew I was about to experience these book from a whole new perspective.

All the Harry Potter books give off those magical, warm and cozy vibes in the first few chapters; you could practically hear Hedwig's Theme in your head whenever you pick up the books. What's even more magical about the audiobooks is that you could actually hear those tunes in the background of every book - very faint but recognizable. You start losing yourself in the events, your mind wanders and for some reason everything is much more alive. Stephen Fry narration is outstandingly amazing. Every character has their own voice, tune, high-pitch and low-pitch, you could even feel the breathing is different when he switched from one character. He takes you from one scene to another with his change in tones. He makes you stand on the very edge of your seat - even though you know by heart what's going to happen. Fry's narration makes it feel like reading these books for the very first time all-over-again.

My all-time favorite has always been Prisoner of Azkaban, but with the audiobooks Goblet of Fire wins! I still have book 6 and 7 to listen to - and I kinda have a feeling Deathly Hallows will be epic; but Goblet of Fire was epicness incarnate. The exhilarating narration, the trill of the TriWizard Tournament, the action-packed events and the ups and downs. Alstor-Moody's character popped-up so much more and I loved every minute of it. The last couple of pages brought me to tears - that's the magic of it. You know it by heart, you can actually recite what's going to happen and who's going to say what but listening to what's going to happen unravel snaps something inside you and you feel connected to the story on a whole new level. Second favorite is definitely Order of The Phoenix. If I had a penny for every time I rolled my eyes with the 'eeehmm' of Umbridge I'd be rich by now. Fry outdid himself with mimicking and voicing out how annoying, authoritative and down-right unbearable she is.

My absolute favorite thing is how the sounds are different from the movies yet are exactly how I imagined them to be when I read these books for the very first time. I loved how Fry stayed true to J. K. Rowling storytelling tone and I absolutely enjoyed every single second I heard.

For me this series is magic, and the audiobooks just added much more to that.

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