As far as Harry Potter book one is concerned, I read Chapter 7 The Sorting Hat, and - since it sorted everyone else - I went to the Wizarding World website and got myself sorted too. (It seemed rude not to). As well as my House (which is Ravenclaw), it also selected me a wand
Elm wood with a unicorn hair core, 11" and brittle flexibility.
I think we've been here before! you are either brittle - in which case you snap! or flexible - in which case you don't - Ho Hum . .
My assigned patronus was a manx cat, which is nice - I'm not sure what a patronus is - but Cherry assures me that I'll find out in around book three - and for now I've gained a cat.
My Children's Collection of Harry Potter Books arrived this morning - I made a 'HedwigCam' unboxing video which also shows everyone exactly where my hair is thinning - excellent!
Either way - the books weigh 3.3 Kg, and will keep me in Harry Potter reading material for a good few weeks yet. They also appear to get thicker towards the end - with The Order of the Phoenix being an especially chunky book.
In 'The Sorting Hat' chapter - the start-of-term banquet struck me as an excellent idea for first year students - they never had those when I went to school.
The ghosts seem like they could be trouble later on - but I loved Nearly Headless Nick. "Someone had tried to behead him, but had not done it properly". The start of term notices 'no magic to be used between classes in the corridors' seems certain to be completely ignored!
All the characters I remember from the (very few) Harry Potter films I watched when Cherry was younger, seem to have ended up in the same house - 'Gryfinndor' - Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger Neville Longbottom, and Percy Weasley, so I guess they are the main gang.
The next chapter is about Potions - but I'm all Pottered out at the moment - so I'll leave that for another day.