7.19.2011

On HP

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I told myself there was no need to write about Harry Potter. It has been done and said before, everything that I want to say on blogs, in newspapers, in conversations. But the thing is, Harry Potter has had a profound influence on me. On my own experience growing up, and on my own childhood.

I first heard of Harry Potter from my doctor. I went in for a sore throat and he asked me, "Have you read Harry Potter?" I thought the name was ridiculous, but when I received my first paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for Christmas, I read all night under the covers and finished the next day. From then on, I went to every book release and every midnight movie (except the last one, curse of the full-time worker). I was the co-founder of a club in High School called The Order of the Phoenix, as dorky as that is. We waited in line all night for HP7, and met for lunch a few days later, talking for hours about the book and our predictions and our mutual experience of being blown away by this series.

After seeing the final movie last night, I feel pretty empty knowing that it really has come to an end. HP taught me that being smart is cool, that being brave is necessary, that morals still matter. As cliche as it is, I feel so indebted to J.K for a childhood of reading and adventure. She has inspired me so much as an aspiring author and future mother who will raise children in a world struggling with courage and morals.

Without a small tribute to her and the series, it wouldn't feel right.

9 comments:

Alex said...

Amen.
Still haven't seen the movie [curse of the full time worker, indeed...plus vacation], but I know I'll probably be sobbing through all of it.

Brissa said...

j.k. had changed childhood forever. my children will read harry potter and their children and so on and so forth. it's amazing how we can all stay connected through reading.

kylee said...

brissa said it perfectly. reading creates such a bond between people and there is no bond greater than that of harry potter.

Brittany said...

Love that picture, first of all. And I feel sad too, but mostly so thankful that I got to be in the generation that grew up with Harry. J.K. created a rare collective "we" for all of us that read and watched.

Emma Karen said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I've begun rereading the books because I can't let it go just yet.

stephanie said...

Well said. I still haven't processed... I wept like a child after the midnight premiere and I still feel depressed, as ridiculous as that sounds. xo

Christa said...

Love Harry Potter forever! How on Earth was I not in the Order of the Phoenix club...I used to read Harry Potter in the commons at lunch like everyday...I should have been in your club. Although I have to admit, I never have been a fan of the movies. In fact I'm only just watching them now because I think I want to see the last one. I never watched any after the 2nd. I just love the books to much and the movies do them no justice. I'm sad that the series is over though. I'm glad you can re read books over and over again :)

Mallory Camille said...

Oh Mandy, you took the words right out of my mouth. I am glad you made a tribute. I haven't seen the movie yet, I know it will bring on so many different emotions. It's amazing what has come about from a single woman's imagination, simply amazing.

Autumn said...

We grew up with these characters. They were our age going through the same things we were. It's hard to realize they are going off and getting married in the book and having their own family without updating us.