The One With How I Started Reading Harry Potter

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In honor of The Cursed Child coming out on Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31st), I’ve decided to do a week-long of Harry Potter inspired posts. Now, I definitely can’t take all the credit. It’s not like this idea is exactly new. Heck, Aentee from Read At Midnight is hosting Potterhead July, an entire month of HP related goodness. AN ENTIRE MONTH OF AWESOMENESS (so go check it out – the level of her fandomness dedication is epic). But, since I missed participating in that, I still wanted to do something to celebrate the book’s release. I’ve always enjoyed/wanted to do HP inspired posts and what better time to do that than before the release of something ENTIRELY NEW FROM THE HP WORLD?!?!

 

So, what better way to start off than to talk about how I first became a part of this epic fandom.

          First, a bit of background – I, the author of this post, was not a reader when I was younger.

*GASP*, YOU EXCALAIM!

I KNOW! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER?!? Please don’t grab your torches and pitchforks. Just let me explain….

My sister and brother were always the readers in my family. I never really had a problem with reading, but I wasn’t going to necessarily go out of my way to read either. And, as the good younger sister I am, I blame my older sister #SiblingBlame. My sister wasn’t just a reader, but an ANNOYING reader (at least in my mind). She would brag about how many books she read and how she read Count of Monte Cristo in 4th grade and blah blah blah. Because of this, whenever she would tell me to read a book, I believe me exact words were:

“I DON’T WANT TO READ. I HAVE FRIENDS!”

McGonagall is SO judging me right now.

          Yes, yes I know. What a horribly backward attitude. Book nerds can have friends too (and my sister DID have friends/do things outside of reading). BUT the point I was trying to make was that I would rather hang out with my friends. She used to annoy me SO MUCH that even if reading sounded interesting, I would want to do the exact OPPOSITE #SisterLife.

          So, finally, my sister and I came to an agreement (aka she twisted my arm until I had no choice) – I had already seen the first to HP movies (yes, yes. I saw the movies BEFORE I read the book. I was young and naive #Shame), so she decided that she would read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to me (if this isn’t #SisterGoals, I don’t know what is). And, as she predicted, I was enamored. So, here it is for all to see:

My sister was right.

There. I said it.

          And because of her nagging dedication, I am now an HP fan for life. First and foremost, I think this is why The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite. Well, at least one of the reasons because, let’s face it, there are SO many reasons it’s the best book.  Two, even though I didn’t become a dedicated reader until high school, if I happened to come across a series I enjoyed, I devoured it (she introduced me to Alanna and The Children of the Read King). So really, I have her to thank somewhat for my reading addiction.

          From book 3 on, I read all the books as soon as they were released. I laughed and cried and laughed and cried some more. These characters became like family and were wonderful examples of strength, friendship, loyalty, love, how family means more than blood and SO. MUCH. MORE.

          If you’ve never read this series, I implore you to do so. Believe me when I say you are NEVER too old to read Harry Potter. I read 3-7 when they first came out when I was younger, but never went back to read book 1 until much older (I saw the movies first, remember?). And even though that was the more child-like book (the series matures with the audience), it was still just as magical even when I was older. Please, PLEASE read it. It’s such a beautiful story that will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you don’t believe me, just look at how it has impacted the generation that has grown up with this series.

So there you have it. That’s how I started reading Harry Potter and never looked back.

*P.S. – Confession time. I’ve…..actually never read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. *GASP* please don’t kill me! I saw the first two movies and read books 3-7. Then went back to read book 1 but never got around to 2. I kept waiting because I wanted to reread the entire series from beginning to end. It….just hasn’t happened yet. BUT the illustrated edition comes out in October so I think that’s the PERFECT way to read it. SEE?!?! I’M GOING TO REMEDY THIS HORRENDOUS CRIME!

Alright, now you know alllllll about how I came to know the wonderful world of Harry Potter. But how did YOU come to read it? Did you read the books when they first came out? Or were you more of a “late bloomer”? (no shame in that!). Either way, spread your love of HP with me!

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