In the days coming up to the release of Deathly Hallows I’m going to talk about all things Potter. There will be spoilers so if you’re only a movie watcher and not a book reader too you may want to avoid some of the posts. Today’s topic covers when I first fell head long into the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
My mother heard about Harry Potter from the newspapers right at the beginning of the summer before book four was released (July 8, 2000) and told me I might like to read them. I thought it sounded silly and at the time I was starting to move away from YA fiction but I decided why not? Needless to say Harry Potter reignited my love for the YA genre.
Within a week I went to the library and got the first three books. I read them all in one weekend because I couldn’t put them down once I started. I fell in love with Harry Potter, his friends, Hogwarts, magic, and couldn’t wait for Goblet of Fire. What would Voldemort do next? When I got my copy of the Goblet of Fire I stayed up all night and finished it by early morning.
Ever since I’ve been Team Harry, dressing up for the book and movie releases (and for Halloween too). I’ve been Professor Trelawney (my first attempt), Rita Skeeter (twice… with a job and jobless), Luna Lovegood (my home made Quibbler was a hit), Moaning Myrtle (twice… coming from potions and in regular Hogwarts uniform), Tonks, Voldemort (yes bald cap and all), and soon Fleur Delacour.
I loved Harry Potter so much I couldn’t wait the year or years between releases. I scoured fanfiction.net for stories from other Potter fans and soon had to write my own book seven with some twists… like giving Harry Potter a twin brother (a whole subset of fanfics).
The only thing that could make Harry Potter better in my opinion is a book 8. Don’t you think?
Your Turn: When did you leave the Muggle world and ride the Hogwarts Express for the first time?
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