But then he decided to do the same thing to the Harry Potter books, but hilariously, he ended up really enjoying them, and totally getting into them. And his reviews are very endearing I think.
Here is (part of) his review of Knight Bus, Chapter 3 of Prisoner of Azkhaban. It appears he ran away from home himself when he was a teenager, and that makes the review very lively I think.
I don't want to elaborate quite as much about this, not only because we SIRIUSLY need to talk about SIRIUS BLACK, but because I'm not quite ready to go ALL OUT on the Internet about it. But I wanted to at least say that, from personal experience, Rowling manage to capture a very specific moment with an unnerving sense of accuracy.
Those first moments walking down my street, away from my house, were exhilarating. Rowling says,
He sat quite still, anger still surging through him, listening to the frantic thumping of his heart.
CAN I RELATE TO THIS? I most certainly can. Especially when you run away out of equal parts fear and rage, this is exactly what it is like.
oh god Harry Potter knows my pain
Of course, then the panic sets in. OH GOD HOW WILL I WASH MY CLOTHES WHERE WILL I EAT WHERE WILL I STAY HOW WILL I GET TO SCHOOL OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD. And I was very impressed that this happened to Harry as well:
But after ten minutes alone in the dark street, a new emotion overtook him: panic. Whichever way he looked at it, he had never been in a worse fix.
And really, when I ran away, despite the immediate sensation of liberation, you are then instantly terrified of the million things you already did wrong and plan on doing wrong in the next 24 hours.
I don't think my problems were as harsh as Harry's though, since he used magic as an underage wizard and that's enough to get him expelled from Hogwarts. On top of that, he had absolutely nowhere to go and nowhere to stay.
Until the Knight Bus showed up.
I just find his enthusiasm and engagement very endearing. Links to reviews of all chapters of all the HP books here.