The Harry Potter books have been and probably will always be my favourite series of books to ever grace my bookshelves. I love them with an all consuming passion, I have read them too many times to count. J K Rowling is like a living god to me, because she changed the way I view childrens books. Harry Potter taught me so much growing up and made me realise how words can change peoples lives, and how books can be so important to some people.
I read the first book Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in 1997. I was 12 years old. I grew up reading these books, they marked several points in my childhood and adolecence. They were a constant for me for over 10 years, they were my childhood, they are the books I turn to when I seek comfort. When I ever get agitated or frustrated waiting for a book to be released, I remind myself that I waited 10 years to reach the end of Harry's story, that I can be patient, and a year is not that far away in the long run.
I can remember 12 year old me, sat in my bedroom with a copy of the first book which i'd borrowed after a trip to the library with my mum. I can remember the plastic that covered the book and how it stuck to my fingers. I can remember being so overwhelmed with the story this woman had created. I can remember being convinced for a long time that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was a real place, and that Rowling must have been there, that she must be a witch to know all this stuff. I can remember waiting for an owl to come with my instructions on when term would be starting, because surely I was a witch too.
Now, being a fully grown adult, I am still mesmorised with how she created this world that lives parralell to the one we live in ourselves. I still hate to call myself a Muggle, and still harbour a hope sometimes that Hogwarts is a real place, and these characters I met over the years, were real once, if not now. Thats what makes these books so special. They made me believe in something more, even though I know it doesn't exist. But my 12 year old self will be forever thankful for these literary gems, because when I look at them on my shelves, I can remember what point in my life I was at just by the title. I can remember exactly what I was doing, who I was friends with or not friends with, just by looking at a book.
Do any of you have books that you grew up with, books that you will read again and again and never grow tired of? Do you have so much trivia about books you love in your head that your friends look at you like your insane?
I will leave you with this, the first line in the first Harry Potter book, the Philosophers Stone, the line that has been ingrained into my head since I was 12. The line that changed how I view books and why they are so important to me. "Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, we proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." © J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Bloomsbury 2007.
Harry Potter I love you!!!
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