Harry Potter is my childhood. I remember how it reunited the sense of reading and wonder amongst my classmates at the time. When the new Harry Potter book would come out, it would be anything that anyone would talk about for weeks. I love how it became popular fiction and how it would convert even non-readers into reading about the escapades of the magical trio of Harry Potter. It was amazing being part of the fandom, even before I knew what a fandom was, and it was such an exciting experience to be a part of the love for a series.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was actually my first Harry Potter – I read the sequel before the first book! My sister was my reading buddy back then and she said I would really like the series. Of course when I picked up that one, I was hooked with this dark world of wizardry and magic, and a boy hero who was a similar age to myself at the time. Much of his struggles of fitting in, of questioning himself, of meeting friends in a new place – it really resonated with little Jeann who had just moved into a new country.
Every release after the Chamber of Secrets, I would have to wait until my sister had finished reading the book so I could borrow it. But I actually went out and bought The Order of the Phoenix when it first came out because I just couldn’t wait to find out what had happened and we had two copies in our household. And every Harry Potter after that I bought, I still have the first editions on my shelf (and she has the first 2 books which are super rare now! If only I had known, I would have stocked up!)
Then when the movies came out, I love how everyone who had read Harry Potter was excited to see the movie and it also converted non-readers to loving the magical world. I saw most of the movies within the first week of release and was so excited about the adventures of each movie. It was great heading to the movies with my friends and seeing their reactions to things that happened that I already knew were coming.
As you can see, Harry Potter means a lot to me. It’s not just a world and a fandom that I’ve completely been enthralled with most of my life, but it’s also a medium where I shared the excitement with many fellow fans over a common obsession. This is something that I grew up doing, obsessing over the things I love and sharing the hype and excitement with everyone else, which is part of why this blog was born. It’s also where I bonded with my sister over the love of a series and where I eagerly anticipated each movie and book release every time.
There hasn’t been anything quite like Harry Potter in a very long time. I’m just glad it’s still relevant and how it’s forever converting many people into lifelong readers.
What does Harry Potter mean to you?
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