See this HUGE thing? Yeah, I killed it just after I had it pose for a picture.
To me, this is the ultimate form of bravery. At least it would be if you asked Ron Weasley.
And now for a thought for you: What would happen if only the first Harry Potter book was published?
 We would never know what the inside of Dumbledore’s office looks like
 We actually wouldn’t know much about Dumbledore at all because he’s very minimally in book 1.
 We would never know the overarching plot of Voldermort, or have all the questions answered that were so carefully set up in book 1 (such as: Why did Harry live?)
 We would never have met characters like Bellatrix Lestrange, Mad Eye Moodie, Sirius Black, Lucius Malfoy, Tonks, or Lupin,
 We would have no idea who Tom Riddle was or that there was a Chamber of Secrets or a Room of Requirement.
 We would never have visited Hogsmeade or gotten to see a Quidditch World Cup.
So what does this teach us? That every sequel takes your further than the first book, just like building blocks. You are introduced to new characters, visit new places, and conquer new enemies. But that all goes on top of the foundation you have built in book 1. The amazing things is how you get to flesh out the world you have created, and the story usually gets better.
And now the Writing update:
Today’s favorite quote: “But . . . how did they get it all to fit together?” (Waife ch 1)