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So I was going to do a whole Harry Potter series this week in honor of Deathly Hallows Part 1, but I don’t think I’ll have time for that. Instead, I’ll do a couple of posts this week, and perhaps do the series when Part 2 comes out in July 2011. I’m actually hoping to review the movie on Friday (in addition to Facebook Friday), but we’ll see how that goes.
This post assumes that you have read all of the books, so I’m giving you a SPOILER ALERT.
Today I wanted to talk about why I found Harry Potter books so appealing. I grew up with Harry Potter and I’ve pretty much been obsessed with it for over a decade. If I were sorted, I’d probably be a Ravenclaw. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m quite the nerd/ bookworm.
What draws me into the series is that it’s so magical. No, not necessarily the literal magic, but the universe it takes place in. I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy because it takes me to another world, one that I can’t experience in your everyday life.
I can read the books and picture myself at Hogwarts. There’s something about the series that draws me in and makes me care about the characters. My friends and I spent a lot of time discussing whether Snape was good or evil (I totally called it) or whether Harry Potter would die (I knew he wouldn’t, but thought he should).
No, J.K. Rowling is not the best writer out there. But she’s an amazing at building worlds and the world she created captured the hearts of millions.
No, the Harry Potter series did not spark my love of reading, but that’s because I’ve always loved reading. But the series made me beg my mom to go to the bookstore at midnight so I could be among the first to pick up a copy. And then spend the entire day reading it.
Perhaps my biggest adventures with Harry Potter came when I studied abroad in Italy. My roommates and I found an English movie theater and bookstore in Florence so we could see the fifth movie and read the seventh book. Then of course, we called and bragged to all of our friends back home that we saw the movie/read the book 6-8 hours ahead of everyone back home. And they were jealous. Obviously.
I’m thrilled for the last two movies, but kind of sad at the same time too. It’s the end of an era.
What does Harry Potter mean to you? Are you excited for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie? Let me know in the comments below.