Last year I participated in Potterweek with the wonderful people from Common Room. If you’re curious as to why people feel it necessary to spend the last week of July devoted to Harry Potter, you’re not alone. It’s because both the author J.K. Rowling and Harry have the same birthday, July 31st. Realistically a lot of us could have our own Harry Potter dedicated blogs but that’s beside the point. I loved it so much that this year I decided to do my own because I’m terrible with sticking to a schedule and pre-picked topics, lol. So to kick of this week, here’s my first post for a very Potter celebration. ⚡
Anyone who knows me or has even spent 10 minutes stalking my social media can tell that I love Harry Potter.
I named my cat Ollivander Nox.
My wireless network is Connecto Patronum.
My dream honeymoon was to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
I have Harry Potter memorabilia in every form: toys, art, clothing, books, home goods, etc.
I watch all the movies regularly, read the books at least once a year and can quote all characters without batting an eye lash.
To say I’m obsessed is a loose description.
I was in 4th grade when the first book came out in the US but I didn’t start reading them until I was in 6th grade. Obviously I was hooked from page 1 and it’s been a beautiful 15 years with them in my life already. By the time I started reading The Sorcerer’s Stone, books 1-4 were out so it took me a few weeks to read them all. Needless to say, I haven’t looked back since.
There isn’t a time that I can think of when Harry Potter has failed me. It’s saved me from boredom, consoled me through sadness and heartache, it’s been my best friend when I’m feeling lonely, it’s been my home when I was homeless. Despite my many hobbies and fandoms, nothing compares to my love for Harry Potter and the wonderful world J.K. Rowling created those many years ago.
Besides what it means to me personally, the magical world of Harry Potter brings together a huge mixing pot of diverse people from every walk of life. It doesn’t matter your age, skin color, sexuality, country you’re from, or whether you’re male or female.
Every single person will give you a hundred different reasons why they love Harry Potter so much.
It’s also encouraged generations of avid readers which itself is huge! I’d always been fond of reading when I was younger but being introduced to Harry Potter turned me into a huge bookworm. I read so many books yearly and the library is one of my favorite places. I don’t think I would have become as big as a bookworm as I am today if I hadn’t been introduced to the world of Harry Potter. And I can’t wait to pass that on to my nieces and nephews. I look forward to sleepovers where I can read them the Tales of Beedle the Bard before I tuck them in for the night. Or wait for them to get old enough where I can read Harry Potter series to them.
Another reason I love it so much is the bonding it allows you to do with people, more specifically family members. When I was 16 my dad started dating the woman that is now my stepmom. Despite our rocky relationship for so many years, we bonded over Harry Potter. She would always let me borrow her books or read the new ones as soon as she finished reading it. To this day she still allows me to borrow her books because I still don’t have a complete set (trust me I know this makes me a bad Potterhead).
Don’t even get me started on the strong, positive female role models there are throughout the series! There are some seriously kick ass chicks filling the pages of these books and I plan on writing more about them in another post.
Nobody can foresee the future but I don’t see myself falling out of love with this magical world any time soon. Hogwarts is and will always be there for me when I need it, it will always be home.
Until tomorrow, Mischief Managed ⚡
Make sure you stay tuned this week for all my Harry Potter themed posts during PotterWeek!