Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It was a book that I had to read for homework in primary school over the weekend, back when the teachers thought they had to force me to read books (oh lol). I read the first couple of pages (I don't think I even made the entire first chapter) and shut it in disgust. I wanted my Babysitter's Club books back. I'd heard about Potter but was entirely underwhelmed by the little that I'd read. Looking back on that, I must have been such a finicky and lazy child reader but thankfully that changed as I got older.
My relationship with Potter began with a trip to the cinema with my mother and little sister. My mam loves telling the story of how we both sat on the edge of our seats from the start of the film to the end, and nothing has changed now! I still sit and read the books or watch the films, completely captivated by the story that's unfolding in front of me. No one else exists when I'm in the world of Potter. It's just me and the famous trio on an adventure. Following the release of Philosopher's Stone I was hooked. I immediately got the third book and delved into the magical world and that was that. We make a beautiful couple, ha! This started the journey of preordering the books, devouring them in a day and mourning a book hangover for weeks afterwards. It's safe to say that Potter is the reason that I'm such a bookworm now. It started me off on a beautifully journey of literary discoveries and this is one of the reasons that this world is so important to me.
|My lovely, lovely books *hugs*|
I think the reason is that I truly felt like I made the best of friends with the characters in these books. They were the first characters that I truly cared about. I laughed, I cried and I got so angry with these characters. I wanted to shake Ron at times, to shut Hermione up and to make Harry get a grip but they are as much of a best friend to me as my actual mates. Harry Potter taught me so many life lessons; from the issues of race, to the importance of trust, the importance of family, of friends, of love. It taught me to have faith and to believe in myself. It also gave me a massive desire to you know, not be a Muggle. I'm adamant that some confused Hogwarts owl is still lost in the sky somewhere just trying to find me to deliver my letter.
Not only that, but J. K. Rowling herself is such an inspirational woman. She is so strong and overcame a pretty tough time following the birth of her first child. Rowling built herself a career from nothing and she's created a world that means so much to so many people. Not only that, she is such an amazing and genuine person. I had the luck to meet her with my partner at Bath Literary Festival and she is s amazingly humble and genuine. Rowling doesn't take her wealth or luck for granted. The fact that she accepts that her other work will never be Potter is honest and that she says she 99.9% won't write anymore shows such strength and dedication to her series. That she won't try and milk Potter means so much to me. I mean, I long for more Potter as much as the next person, but I love and respect that she won't write any more at the same time.
I could go on and on and on about what Potter means to me, but I'm going to end it on an educational note. The very last thing I did (that isn't my meme) was my final dissertation for my Masters. My reasoning for this was I wanted to end my literary education with the thing that first set me on that path in the first place. I loved researching my dissertation, talking about it with my lecturer, bonding of Potter moments and discovering how much of a feminist J. K. Rowling is. I was in my element and found myself wondering why there weren't more courses that studied children and teen books. I felt like writing that dissertation gave me a bit of closure on my university life, bringing things full circle. Starting with Potter and finishing with Potter. I'm not sure how to end this post because I could go on and on and on about why Harry Potter is so important to me so I'm just going to end it here. Thanks for reading all of my incoherent ramblings!
Why is Harry Potter so important to you guys?