I have a habit of saying I hate things and then turning around at some point and loving them. It’s true.
And you know when you first start dating someone, you’ll do those things that you hate, just because they want to, and relatively bite your tongue? (I say relatively, because I am opinionated and need people to know I did something that I didn’t want to, JUST FOR THEM. I’m a good friend that way.)
Anyway, Harry Potter was one of those things.
You see, the first Harry Potter movie came out when I was a senior in HS. I refused to get on that bandwagon. It was stupid. It was about magic. And who cared about THAT? Not this girl.. don’t worry. I made my opinion known to all that would hear.
Fall of 2002, the second Harry Potter flick came out. And I went to see it with John. I hated it. It was stupid. (To this day, The Chamber of Secrets is my least favorite.) Then the third flick came out and during the summer, I may or may not have made fun of John for reading the book on the beach. Still didn’t care for it.
Then.. I remember this very well. The Fall of 2005 rolled around. We had been married a couple of months. And went to see the Goblet of Fire before heading down for the Iron Bowl- it was in Auburn and Jay was working there at the time and it was one of the worst college football/tailgating experiences of my life- anyway.
Enter Cedric Diggory.
He sold me. After the disgusting game against Auburn- which John and I left at half-time we were getting our butts kicked so bad- I declared that I MUST read all the books because now I was a Harry Potter fan! I am not exaggerating when I say, John ran to Books A Million.. (okay. He drove a car.) to purchase the entire set.
I will admit, the first 3 books are thin and look easy to read. At the time? The last 3 books were out and looked like small Harry Potter bibles they are so thick.
I started reading and fell in love. There is really nothing like falling in love with a character and following his journey into something so magical.
The last book was set to come out the summer of 2007, I believe. I became uber nerdy. Getting on message boards, speaking my thoughts on what was the fate of “The Boy Who Lived”.. and let me tell you, I was right. I have cried numerous times while reading and have never once spilled any info about different characters fate unless tortured.. or begged.
Yep. I stood in line to get the Deathly Hallows book at midnight. Yes, John was driving in the rain and I read the first chapter aloud so I wouldn’t get to read anything before he did and we even had a small competition to see who would finish the book first (It was me.). I can still remember my heart beating as I read that first chapter aloud.
And I certainly can’t wait to start reading the books to the girls.
So, here are my thoughts. If you love to read. You should read this series.
If you remotely like Twilight, you should read this series.
Because it’s not all about magic, it’s about a battle for good vs evil.
It’s about watching a boy, with odds stacked against him, prevail.
|Plus. You can go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and have a butterbeer.