In the blog of ''Mark Reads Harry Potter'', '''[[AuthorCatchphrase SHIT GETS REAL AND YOU ARE NOT PREPARED!]]''' Intrigued? Then it's time for Mark to read ''Harry Potter''.

[[WMG:MARK READS HARRY POTTER]]

After [[MarkReadsTwilight suffering through]] ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', Mark decided to embark on the project of reading ''Literature/HarryPotter'' (which he'd never read before) and review it on his blog one chapter at a time and even though at the beginning he was not quite sold now it's REAL HARD because '''[[BoldInflation THIS SERIES IS SO AMAZING AND ADDICTIVE]]''' AND [[Creator/JKRowling J. K. ROWLING]] [[GushingAboutShowsYouLike IS A FUCKING GENIUS]]! HE WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS SHIT! [[http://bit.ly/MRHPlist CHECK IT OUT RIGHT NOW!]]

The result was an epic, five-month journey through all seven books of the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series, finishing the series on October 30th, 2010. [[http://markreads.net/reviews/category/harry-potter/ He's now re-reading the series.]]

See also ''MarkReadsTwilight''. [[MarkDoesStuff Mark is also now branching into other series]], including ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' and ''Series/DoctorWho''. [[MarkDoesStuff Check]] [[http://markwatches.net/reviews/ them]] [[http://markreads.net/reviews/ out!]]

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!!Tropes include:
* AbortedArc / DespairEventHorizon: Mark gave up reading ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' after [[DudeNotFunny a rape joke]] in Chapter 20.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: In his review of the first chapter, Mark outlines his meager pre-existing knowledge of the series. One of the things he knows is that [[spoiler: Snape kills Dumbledore.]] He doesn't know why, or when, or what makes it a spoiler, just that it happened. He manages to turn this into a RunningGag by writing "Oh no, watch out [[spoiler: Dumbledore]] :(" every time the two are in a scene together.
** He also thought that it would happen in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the last book]], so the ending of Half-Blood Prince remained a huge shocker for him even with that spoiler.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Before his review of [[http://markreadsharrypotter.buzznet.com/user/journal/7316071/mark-reads-harry-potter-goblet/ Goblet of Fire Chapter 10]], Mark says "There's also a great deal of commentary on slavery, oppression, privilege, and why Percy is so goddamn annoying."
* AuthorCatchphrase: "Shit gets real" and "you are/I am not prepared", the latter having been started by his followers during his ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' blog.
** His friend Kasper coined the phrase, "Haters, please familiarize yourself with the left-hand evacuation procedure", which Mark now uses regularly.
** He eats potato babies because he is a ''godless sodomite''. Which is now a gif. Mostly it's just the potato babies that people quote.
** He begins all his reviews with a short summary of the chapter, followed by "Intrigued? Then it's time for Mark to read Harry Potter."
** Also GIF's. Lots and lots of GIF love.
** "Die in a fire." and variations, when referring to characters he doesn't like.
* BerserkButton:
** The presence of Malfoy or Umbridge will almost certainly piss him off. ''Especially'' Umbridge.
--->'''Mark:''' You worthless, authority-obeying, mindless piece of shit. I cannot remember a literary character EVER filling me with this much rage, contempt, and disgust AND GUYS '''I HAVE READ THE ENTIRE FUCKING ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} TWILIGHT]]'' SERIES.''' I will seriously take the entire four books of Bella whining over EVER reading this fucking BULLSHIT, SHITTY PERSON’S WORDS EVER AGAIN.
** Two [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] ones with regard to Rowling's writing: her habit of recapping the previous story in each book's first few chapters, and her habit of Harry finding things out by overhearing conversations.
* BiasSteamroller: He [[GushingAboutShowsYouLike loves these books so much]].
* BoldInflation: The opening to this page should give you an idea how Mark uses ALL CAPS to MAKE A POINT.
** Also ''italics'', regular '''bold text''', and sometimes even [+ENLARGED TEXT+].
* ClusterFBomb
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** '''[[SpoilAtYourOwnRisk Please stop posting any sort of spoilers or hints to the future in the comments]] [[BoldInflation or I will Voldemort your entire family and then create a basilisk to eat you alive.]]'''
** During Chapter 3 of Order of the Phoenix, Mark inserts himself into the story to express his excitement at seeing the return of both Lupin and Moody. Everyone finds him annoying, and Moody eventually stuffs him into the Dursley's oven and turns the heat up to maximum. [[UnexplainedRecovery He Gets Better]].
* {{Fanboy}}: He unabashedly adores the series, faults and all. Although he is quick to bash any faults he finds, but most of the time something else that's awesome distracts him.
* {{Gayngst}}: Mark is gay. He sometimes relates examples of this trope from his real life, usually from his high school days.
* HypocriticalHumor: Chapter 4 of ''Order of the Phoenix'' has Mark semi-seriously telling Harry to, among other things, stop yelling at people, in all-caps.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In one isolated incident, Mark gave this prediction about Umbridge in Chapter 11 of ''Order of the Phoenix''.
-->I don't feel she's evil anymore. Shoot me. I know we're supposed to think she's this forboding character who will fuck everything up, but come on. She cannot be that bad just because she's "traditional" in some sense. I mean, she will probably be difficult, but it'll be an interesting way to bring up some sort of conflict between Harry and her. Or maybe Hermione. But yeah. [[DesignatedVillain I'm not buying this whole "YOU SHOULD TOTALLY HATE HER IMMEDIATELY" thing]].
** You can guess how he responded to the following two chapters.
* KilledMidSentence: Poor [[spoiler: Hedwig]] :'(
--> [[spoiler: 2020: THAT'S IT. AS SOON AS I GET OUT OF THIS CAGE, I'M GOING TO START PECKING EYES OUT. [[SedgwickSpeech IT'S ABOUT TIME HEDWIG GOT HER REV—]]]]
* LighterAndSofter: ''Blog/MarkReadsTwilight'' was Mark constantly ranting at the sheer stupidity of the characters, the plot destruction, the racism, etc... while this blog is Mark thoroughly enjoying reading a good series.
* MadLibsCatchphrase: [Person] [verbs] all the [nouns]. ([[TheSmartGuy Hermione]] knows all the things, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Umbridge]] should die in all the fires).
* MediumAwareness: A staple of his ''[[ScriptFic Harry Potter: A Play]]'' segments.
--> HARRY: You wouldn't believe it. I just spied on a secret conversation between Snape.
--> [Dramatic music.]
--> HARRY: He is TOTALLY planning on stealing the Sorcerer's Stone.
--> [Music rises in pitch and tempo.]
--> HARRY: I think Quirrell put some anti-Dark Arts spell on the room, too!]
--> [[OverlyLongGag [Music reaches a crescendo.]]]
--> RON: [[LampshadeHanging WHERE IS THAT MUSIC COMING FROM?]]
--> HARRY: I don't know. It's been following me all day.
--> HERMIONE: Wait, so...Quirrell is the only thing protecting the Sorcerer's Stone?
--> RON: Dudes. That's like trying to protect a vault with tissue paper.
--> [[CloudCuckoolander NEVILLE]]: DUN DUN DUN.
--> [[{{Beat}} [They all turn to look at NEVILLE.]]]
--> [[CrowningMomentOfFunny NEVILLE: What? I thought it fit]].
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: sometimes shows up in his [[FootnoteFever footnotes]] when quoting directly from the source material during his [[ScriptFic Harry Potter: A Play]] reviews.
* OldShame: Mark's reviews of the first few chapter of the first book were snarky and condescending. Then he was won over by the chapter where Hagrid shows up at the Hut-on-the-Rock and then all was right with the world.
** Those first few chapters were a holdover from the ''other'' series he'd read and blogged about. Mark hated ''Twilight'' with a passion.
** He's by no means the first ''Harry Potter'' reader to find that Philosopher's Stone gets off to a slow start.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: It's pretty clear how much Mark loves Hagrid: The first chapter he's introduced, Mark already wants to marry him. Bear in mind that Mark generally has no interest in marriage, as [[MarkReadstwilight his Twilight reviews]] made clear.
* PerverseSexualLust: Mark has declared Hagrid his ''leather daddy'' boyfriend.
* ReviewBlog
* ScriptFic: the ''Harry Potter: A Play'' segments, another holdover from his [[MarkReadsTwilight Twilight]] reviews.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Mark has reviewed chapters from the point of view of characters, including Hedwig more than once, transcribed IM conversations he had with his friend Kasper while reading the chapter for the first time, and more.
* TakeThat: Quite a few against {{Twilight}}.
** These typically take the form of Mark mocking StephenieMeyer whenever he finds a good example of ShowDontTell, the lack of such in Twilight being an early complaint he had.
** In the last chapter of Deathly Hallows, Mark has Cedric go up to Harry and co and talk about how he's "spent the last five years trapped inside a book that glorifies abuse, shame, and mediocrity" following his death, a reference to the fact that him and Edward Cullen are portrayed by [[RobertPattinson the same actor]].
* {{Website/Twitter}}: Mark wrote [[http://markreadsharrypotter.buzznet.com/user/journal/7163901/mark-reads-harry-potter-chamber/ one review]] in-character as [[{{Fanboy}} Colin Creevey]] tweeting Harry's every action.
* XMeetsY: Mark's posts are part MST, part ReviewBlog, part AfterActionReport, part role-play...
* YouAreNotReady: '''''YOU ARE NOT PREPARED'''''.
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