So, my dear friend Betty and I have been working on something. Yes we have. It’s something that you’ve all been yelling at me for for THREE YEARS. I feel shame and guilt EVERY DAY about it. I feel like I’m missing something — like the key to the universe that everyone else seems to have.





Here’s another hint: The responses I get when I say I’ve never read this series!









Over the next few months Betty and I are going to be reading the Harry Potter series together and creating a series of fun videos to share our experience with Harry Potter as adults! We feel like we missed out on an important childhood rite of passage by not reading the Harry Potter series so it’s our mission to reclaim our childhood and read Harry Potter like we were two giggling teens again. We know we don’t need to review this series but we thought it would be fun for you guys to relive it with us!


Here’s a little sneaky peek to whet your appetite:


ERMAGERDDD! Be excited for us as we embark on this magical adventure! And check out Betty’s blog!

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I actually have no words. Aside from: SICK VIDEO MAKING SKILLS YOU GUYS. SO IMPRESSED.

    But also: I’m CRACKING UP over here. Good luck and feel free to text/whatsapp me when shit gets real. I’m always up for getting worked up over Potter.

  2. YAY!!! Everyone should read Harry Potter no matter how late to the party they are 😉 Can’t wait for the videos and to see what you think!

  3. YAY for reading Harry Potter!! Loved the video and am looking forward to the upcoming ones!! =)

  4. Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads says:

    AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I am SO EXCITED for you! There are no words.

    And I will be eagerly awaiting all of the video updates :). EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. AHHHHHH so exciting! I knew INSTANTLY that you had to be talking about HP, and I’ve only been around for a month now! I love the video concept – SUCH a smart way to broadcast your thoughts without reviewing the untouchable. Eeeeek!

  6. That’s awesome! I think they are ageless (and so far, pretty timeless, too. I work used books, and HP has a lot more staying power than, say, Twilight).

    And I didn’t read any of them till college.

  7. Hahahah genious! I’m going to follow your journey guys. Good luck. I think you’ll find it to be awesome! 😀

  8. First of all, I’m so impressed with the video skills! XD Secondly, YAY! I can’t believe you haven’t read them before! And I really hope you enjoy them now! Good luck girls!!

    Tyler @ The Reading Pile

  9. Oh yes, I’m so very pleased and bahahahaha that video! Awesomeness. =D

    So ready to relive all the HP-ness!

  10. Yaaaaaay! You’re gonna love it. <3

  11. THAT VIDEO!!

    I hope you will enjoy HP as much as I did. And if not at least you had fun making a great video!

  12. YAYYYYY! 😀 I’m so happy you’re finally reading this series!! 😀

  13. I’m so happy you’re finally getting on top of this. <3 You're going to absolutely adore the Harry Potter series Jamie! And I can't wait to see all the lovely updates from you two throughout August!

  14. Fricken finally, ya muggles 😉

    Also, yay!

  15. This is seriously fantastic! Enjoy every second, and then I hope the two of you have a marathon movie weekend where you stay in your pjs and watch all the HP movies back to back with lots of yummy munchies!

  16. You two pillow fighting AND Harry Potter?

    Oh, hell…

  17. OH MY GOD YOU GUYS. That video is freaking brilliant. Even though I knew that you were doing this I am SO EXCITED all over again. Whoever made that video (I’m guessing the baby bettys) is a genius. I’m also dying over the Milfs Inc and pretty much the entire thing.

  18. If it makes you feel any better I have yet to read the series OR watch the movies… and my six year old is showing an interest, so I have to get on it (but first, I have to finish GOT…..bookgirl problems haha)

  19. Yay!!! Enjoy you two.

  20. AWESOME! I can’t really imagine anyone not loving the series. Finishing book three is what hooked me (as a teen) on the books. Have you guys seen the movies? Have fun and I can’t wait to see what you guys think of the books.

  21. GREAT video!! I am so glad you guys are tackling this…I hope you love the series. I am reading them again–this is only the second time I’ve read the entire series–and it’s such a fun experience reliving the whole thing again.

  22. That video is really all sorts of epic.

  23. AHHHHH THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!!! Also, are you guys professional video editors or what?! That was fantastic! I can’t wait to hear how all of this turns out, and what you think of the books!!!! YAY!

  24. Amazing. Just…amazing. Good luck with it, ladies!

  25. Yay! How awesome! Enjoy!

  26. kelly gunter says:

    I actually started reading Harry Potter in my 20s. My manager told me to go buy the first book on my lunch break (we worked in the mall) and even gave me the money to buy the book because she was afraid if she lent me her copy I would abscond with it. I credit her for opening me up to YA and fantasy. Now if she could just pry me open and find a good graphic novel for me to sink my teeth into.

  27. Yay! You guys will have a unique perspective as adult virgins to the HP world. I’m always up for fangirling (is that even a real word?) over Harry Potter.

  28. Awesome idea! I love the video! FYI, @MuggleHustle on Twitter just finished reading and tweeting about the series for the first time at the age of 25. He was hilarious.

    I don’t think you missed out on your childhood by not reading HP. I read it when I was 25, and I’m SO glad I did because I know that young DeAnna wouldn’t have been able to appreciate it as much as adult DeAnna did/does. Speaking of, I’m actually going to start rereading the series again in the next few days, so I’ll kind of be along with you. I’m totally jealous of you, though. There is NOTHING like reading HP for the first time!

  29. Haha, love the trailer/video and I can’t wait to see what you guys think of the books!

  30. ekkk! I hope you love it as much as I do!

  31. Girl, you know how I feel about Harry Potter. THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!

  32. Yayyyy – you will not regret it!

  33. Hahaha awesome!! I hope you love the series! I’m honestly not crazy about the first ~3 books because they feel SO middle grade-ish. But the later ones get more epic and young adult-feeling!

  34. This video is just the perfect teaser for this! I can’t wait to see you and Betty tackle the (amazing awesome wonderful) Harry Potter series. Feel free to text/tweet/email me updates at ANY time. I am ALWAYS up for chatting about HP!

  35. I will have to join you girls! Seriously, I have the box set and everything, but have never read the books. Will you do a certain pacing (like a book a month or something)?

  36. Ahaha! Great video! Can’t wait to see how this turns out 😀 Have fun !!!

  37. I love book bloggers so much. SERIOUSLY. You are MY PEOPLE. I cannot wait to follow your posts with glee! Also, Betty’s link to her blog is incorrect. FYI. Smooches and this is awesome!

  38. LOL I am super excited for you. It’s one of those series you wish you could read for the first time all over again!
    Can’t wait to see what you ladies think!

  39. LOVED the video! Too funny! I’m also a Harry Potter Virgin. I started the first one, but stopped after 50 pages. I also own 6 our of 7 of them. One day…

    BUT I love the movies and even saw a few of them on opening night at midnight….so that counts for something, right?

  40. Lol, love the video! I also haven’t read the series and have been wanting to, but the idea of picking up those big books right now with an almost 3 month old scares me!

  41. MILFs Inc, oh my gosh. Best. Thing. EVER.

    I’m so excited that you guys are finally reading HP! I actually may re-read it soon…it’s been YEARS since I finished the series.

  42. What an awesome idea! Maybe I’ll read along with you:)

  43. ROTFL. This is a such an ambitious, yet hilarious project. DAT VIDEO.

  44. I’m so excited right now! I can’t wait to hear what you think of them all!

  45. Angela @ SmartandWitty says:

    You know, I’ve been contemplating whether or not I was ready to take on the HP series as well. I may have to consider this a challenge, one that I’ve needed! I can’t wait for the updates and videos. This makes me wicked happy!

  46. *throws confetti* This is so exciting! I hope you LOVE the books!

  47. It’s about time girls!!!!!!! Keep reading Betty for the kissing. IT WILL HAPPEN! This video was awesomesauce you two!

  48. Hahahaha, this is awesome and that video is hilarious. I can’t wait to see what you guys think of it 🙂

  49. LOL. I just snort laughed.. that’s the best thing ever. I can’t wait for the follow up videos, and for you to read harry potter at last!! 🙂 Love those books.

  50. Lol, you two are too cute! I love the video. And glad to know you’re finally diving into HP. MILFS?! LMAO, love it!

  51. I’m seriously laughing so hard at this. Happy reading!! :-)..FINALLY.

  52. I love this idea! I am a HUGE fan of the Harry Potter books and I am one of those people who always tries to convince other people to read them. I hope you enjoy them!

  53. Jaime your not the only one, I haven’t even finished the Harry Potter series, I need to stop accepting books for review because my personal reading pile is growing too long LOL enjoy, I might read along with you 😀

  54. Hello, just found your blog through another one that used your book survey. I didn’t read HP when it came out either, so you are not alone! I was 15 when the fourth one came out and the craze kicked into high gear, and I did not go back and read them. I’ve decided that like you, I need to read them now, so I’ve been buying them used when I see them.


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