2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge + Giveaway

Psst! Want to know a secret?

I've never read Harry Potter.

Well, my 6th grade teacher did read the first book to our class, but I hardly remember that. I know, it's crazy, right? I'm such a fan of the movies, but I haven't read the books. (Blasphemy!) 

But before you get out the wand, know that I have a plan to fix this...and I want you to join me.

Whether you have read the series 30 times, just once, or are--like me--hiding your ignorance in the closet, this challenge is for you. Don't let the spirit of Potter die with the last movie. Bring it back by reading the books!

The challenge:

Read all seven books in the Harry Potter series during 2012.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2012, to  December 31st, 2012. Books read before or after this time frame do not count. You can join anytime until the challenge ends.
  • Books can be in any format: Print, ebook, audiobook, etc..
  • You do not have to review the books to participate, although you are more than welcome to. If you choose not to review, you can also do the following and still be eligible for prizes:
    • Answer the discussion questions each month
    • Create a post talking about each book after you finish (any topic)
    • Just update your kickoff post after each book
    • Those without blogs can leave a comment with their thoughts/review/review link.
    • Because this is open to those who have already read HP, old reviews will be accepted. Whether you have read the books within the challenge time frame is on the honor system, so please be honest!
  • Be sure to leave the relevant links in each linky to be entered into the drawings for prizes (more on that below).

Once the challenge begins, there will be a new item in the menu bar titled: 2012 HPRC. This will take you to a page that will list all the related posts and linkys where you can post your reviews or discussions.

Extra Credit:

  • Read at least one book per month, starting in January. If you do this you will be done well before September, which is when you can join me at Potter Con 2012, the first online HP conference!
  • Each month, I will have a new linky on my blog where you can come to post your reviews/discussions of each book you have read. These will correspond with that month's book (Jan. = Sorcerer's Stone, Feb. = Chamber of Secrets, and so on).
  • In addition, I will post discussion questions about each book that you can answer on your blog, or in the comments of that post.
  • Watch the corresponding movie at the end of each book, and experience them with a fresh new viewpoint.
  • Tweet with me throughout the year! #2012HPRC

Sign Up:

To enter the challenge, make a kickoff post on your blog, include the challenge button, and link it back to this post. Then sign up using the linky below.

Non-bloggers welcome! Sign up in the comments section, and then you can continue to participate by posting in the comments section each month. You can also post reviews on other sites like Amazon or Goodreads, and leave links in the comments. Don't forget to sign up below!

Simply Linked seems to be down at the moment. If you don't see the sign up widget right below, leave your name and a link to your post in the comments, and I'll add you when the widget is back up. Sorry for the inconvenience. :(

Sweet Stuff:

Throughout the year I will be giving away items related to Harry Potter, for those participating in the challenge. Full details on these items will be available later, but I have plans for things like a wand, HP jewelry,  books, and other cool stuff.

At the end of the challenge, I'll have a grand prize giveaway with lots of good stuff, and possibly a boxed set of the entire series. Participating in the extra credit activities will earn you more entries for this!

*Giveaway Closed*
See the winner announcement here.
You can still sign up for the challenge, though! :)

In fact, why don't we start this off in style? One participant will get to jump start their challenge with a new copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and this awesome key chain (made by Foxwise)!

To enter, you just need to sign up to participate in the challenge. You have until December 31st at 11:59 pm MST, to enter. After that, I'll pick a winner from the entrants! 

*Giveaway Closed*
You can still sign up for the challenge, though! :)


Get your buttons here! 
Right click and save, or copy the code below to have the buttons lead back to this post.
Or feel free to make your own if you are super savvy with things like that. ;)

*Vendors: Have a Harry Potter related item you would like featured as a giveaway item during the 2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge? Contact me at readingfever {@} gmail . com.


  1. What a great idea to get folks to join you. Brilliant gal ;)

  2. Awesome awesome challenge. I've been wanting to re-read HP with Pottermore! I hope they release the ebooks soon so that I can join every month. I'm totally going to sign up for this!!

  3. great idea ^^ i would love to read the series again - and for the first time every book in one go. count me in please ^^

  4. I can't decide!! I already have like.. 5 other challenges to do next year.. but I will probably re read HP anyway.. hrmmmm lol

  5. Love this idea! I've wanted to reread the series for a while. I'm excited!

  6. The linky seems to be down but I signed up for the challenge.
    Name: Michelle @ Book Briefs

    the button and links are at the bottom of the page. :) im so excited, I love Harry Potter!

    chelle2006 @ aol.com

  7. Juju: Thanks! I thought it would be fun to do it with others.

    Jessica: Great! I'm so glad you signed up. :)

    Yto: Great! Thanks for joining!

    Colleen: Isn't it? I saw it and thought it was so cool.

    Passionate Bookworm: I totally understand! Hope you decide to join us, but if not, good luck with your other challenges!

    Jenni: Sweet! It's going to be awesome. :)

    Michelle: Thanks for joining! The linky just started working again, so I added your info. :)

  8. Oh, I'm SOOOOO in! Seriously, this is one of my favorite series of all times, and yay that we get to experience your "first time" online with you!


  9. Oh my gosh! I can't believe you've never read the series before. I hope you enjoy it, and have fun with the challenge! Good luck.

  10. This is so cool! I've only read the first two books, and now I have an excuse to read the entire series! Yay! I sighned up!

  11. Hmm, I'm currently debating. As much as I would love to re-read all of Harry Potter, there are so many books that I own that I want to read for the first time. Well I still have a little bit of time to decide, it is a great challenge though. :)

  12. I found your blog through A Novel Challenge. I definitely want to join in!

  13. Thanks for hosting! I joined the 2011 Harry Potter Reading Challenge and failed miserably! I'm reading this with my kids.

  14. I'm a non-blogger but definitely plan on participating through the comments section. I love the Harry Potter books and am excited to re-read them! :)
    If I'm not going through a blog, do I need to sign up anywhere but here in the comments?

  15. Lori: I'm so excited for that! I'm glad I get to share my first time with everyone, too. :)

    Cialina: I know! I can't believe I've read all these other books, and have never attempted Harry Potter. It's totally going to change next year. :)

    Little Blue Pig: Yes! Exactly what I was hoping for. As far as I know, you are the first to join who hasn't read the series yet. Go us! :)

    Alexa: I hope you decide to join! But I totally understand if you can't. Thanks for stopping by!

    Meg: Sweet! I'm so glad you're joining. :)

    Darlene: Yay! Glad to have you and your kids on board. :)

    Jackie: Thanks so much for signing up! Can't wait to start. :)

    Erin: Woohoo! Glad to have you joining us. You don't have to sign up anywhere but here in the comments, but if you want to be entered into the drawing for the prize, you'll want to sign up with the linky. You can put my blog address in the URL. Just be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win. :)

  16. This is a great idea! I like that there are other activities we can participate in besides reviewing. I'll be signing up later in December.

    I found you through the Novel Challenge site.

    Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

  17. I'll definitely sign-up :) I've already read the books lots of times, but I've been planning to re-read them & watch the movies & compare them for a long time, I was just waiting for all the movies to be out :) So, this challenge is perfect :) I'll do the post some time in December...

  18. I just re-read these over the summer in time for the last movie. However, your challenge sounds very enticing and like a lot of fun.

    P.S. That keychain is adorable.


  19. I just couldn't not sign up for this challenge. I can't wait to pick up the Harry Potter series and read it all the way through for the millionth time. Plus, I really want that keychain!

  20. I haven't read the Harry Potter series either so I'm definitely in. Please sign me up - the Linky isn't working. Here's my blog info




  21. Jennifer: I'm glad you like it! I was trying to think of ideas to make it more interesting. :)

    Aleksandra: Sounds great! I'll be glad to have you. :)

    Jehara: It is cute, isn't it? I saw it totally wanted one.

    Ione St. James: Glad to have you on board! :)

    Debbie: Sorry about the linky. :/ I'll have to find something that's more reliable to use. I just added you, so you're good to go. :)

  22. Whoops. Double post (of the Linky). Got the link name wrong the first time. Can it be fixed? Sowwie! :(

    Looking forward to the challenge, btw :D

  23. Count me in! I've read the books many times but the idea of reading them and watching the movie after each part sounds very fun. I am going to write a post for my blog about this challenge tomorrow evening. Can't wait for January to begin ;).

  24. Ajoop: No worries! I went to fix it, but I didn't see a double post. Did you fix it yourself, or am I just missing it? Just let me know if I need to, and I'll change it. :)

    A year of projects: Great! Glad to have you with us. :)

  25. Signed up! Thanks for hosting :)

  26. Great challenge! I would be joining but I literally just re-read all the books in September and October as a mini-challenge for myself just before I moved! Everyone will enjoy themselves with this I'm sure.

  27. Aleksandra: Awesome! Thanks for signing up.

    Heather: Totally understand. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  28. I'm so in! Thanks for doing this :) This will be funm fun , fun!



    (I thought I posted this last night...but here it sits still waiting.) posting now!

  29. This is a fabulous idea for Harry Potter fanatics such as myself! I'm joining. :)

    Smitten over Books

  30. Hello Penelope!

    I've decided to join in on the fun! The last time I read the series was when they were coming fresh off the press, so to speak. I've never re-read any of them, and I think I'd like to now. I'm not sure I'll be able to read all seven of them within 2012, but I sure would like to try, and would like to discuss them with fans. :)

    Here's my link!

  31. Just so you know ahead of time, my first review will be titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which is the Canadian and British title.

  32. I haven't read the first one in awhile so this is the perfect chance!!

  33. I feel like reading the Harry Potter books again, even though I have other books to read in 2012. They are such well crafted books that they deserve to be read more than once!

  34. Sarah: Awesome! Glad to have you.

    Risa: Yay! So glad you'll be joining. And if you can't re-read them all, that's totally fine. Whatever you can do. :)

    Melissa: Thanks for letting me know! I'll remember that.

    Peggy: Great! Glad to have you with us.

    Emily: So glad to hear that! I hear they're amazing, but I've never experienced them. Now I'll be able to. :)

  35. Hi everybody! I took the liberty to create a Facebook group to share our stuff about this challenge! Check it out at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/184716304959720/
    It's open to everybody, just join and start posting!
    Penelope, if this idea is creating problems for you and how you'd like to "run" this challenge, just let me know and I'll delete it. Happy New Year!

  36. hey, I'm all signed up and almost ready to start reading for #2012HPRC. Just wondering what the schedule will be like for you putting up the discussion posts? My guess is something will be up each month or so.

  37. Just an update: I finished The Sorcerers Stone yesterday! Loved it. :)
    Enjoy everyone!

  38. I've finally written my blogpost on this challenge. Now I just have to wait for the english HP books to arrive. Good luck on the challenge everyone!

  39. Signed up and ready to read. I've switched out all my HP paperback books for hardcover, so this will be the first time reading those.

  40. hey i would like to enter this challenge as i have already read the first 2 hp books sometime after the start of 2012.i m on the 3rd book now.pleasde make it clear how to leave reviews as i don't have accounts on many websites

  41. http://secretgirl98sblog.blogspot.com/
    thats my blog where i posted short reviws of the first to hp books both of which i reread after jan 1 2012

  42. I was just curious as to when you will be posting an update for the challenge?

    1. I was planning to post the update at the end of the month, but I just realized that's probably not the best time for everyone else. So I'll post it soon, and then I'll have next month's linky up in the beginning of the month instead of waiting. Sorry for the delay!

    2. Oh it's fine! I was just curious. I know that you've probably been busy and such so it's no rush.

  43. I've never read any of the books either, so I'm going to think about this challenge as I'd like to know what all the fuss is about. :)

  44. If it isn't to late i'd like to join


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