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06 March 2014

Harry Potter is my homeboy

I feel that sometimes I have quite a problem when it comes to this topic- maybe even an obsession. And I'm down with the fact that J.K Rowling wanted Harry and Hermione together- sure Hermione and Ron were cute but I never thought they would last... 

Cue real life- yes this is a book , and yes I've read the series more times than I can count (typically I re-read the whole thing at least twice year). I remember the glorious day I was introduced to my most favorite characters of all time. It was the summer between 6th and 7th grade and I was at horseback riding Girl Scout camp with my bestie at the time, N. Actually two life-changing books were introduced to me during these two weeks (kinda crazy). Anyways the girl in the bunk next to me received a package from her Aunt who lived in England. Obviously I was curious, because why wouldn't I be, and low and behold she was ecstatic to have received a book. Now, this is nothing I was a stranger too at this point in my life, I loved books, adored them- had already created a passion beyond anything for them, but a new book from England? 
So I asked- "What is that?" Her answer- "Oh, this the second book in this series called Harry Potter." Hmm- "Well, what is it about?" - I replied. And then this answer "Oh, its about this boy who finds out he is a wizard, it's pretty cool- they act like chess players."

What, huh,- this sounds interesting. 

Then camp ends- I go home, I' wandering around the bookstore with my mom a few weeks later and I see the first book (only about two or three copies were on the shelf). "Hey, Mom- this is that book, that girl at camp was telling me about- can we get it?" Why indeed we did, and boom one of the greatest relationships I have with a book was born. 
Looking back I was almost upset with that girl on how she described the book- a boy who finds out he is a wizard and then plays chess?! That was all of the vital information she had processed from the first book! Outrage I cry!

Unless you've been living under a rock then you know how the rest of the story goes- by the time the 3rd book was released in this beautiful land of the US of A the series had taken off as one of the most popular in the world. 

My favorite thing about them- they never get old, I laugh at the same parts, cry at the same parts- feel the same emotions every time I read them. I always want to strangle Umbridge, reach out my hand to save a character, smell a potion or taste a meal. 

This being said, I do like the movies, but I don't love them- I like the actors who were picked to play each part but they just leave way too many things out. I have also visited the theme park- it's also cool, but not as cool as the book is in my mind... 

And obviously if you haven't read this series you really should. It's pretty awesome.
Do you have any favorite books? Series? How were you introduced to them?

*side note*- the other book introduced to me that same two weeks was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which is another life long favorite of mine.
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  1. Oh man. We were meant to find each other on the interwebs. I have only read the series once (but I do plan to read them all the way through one of these days), but I absolutely love them. I love the movies too because even though they leave so much out, they still tell the story and put real pictures to the words she wrote. I was very late to the HP party, but I love them regardless.

    They are fabulous books and I will always hold Harry to the highest standard (because it is, in my opinion).

  2. Oh yay!! I'm so glad I found your blog!! Me = newest follower!

  3. I have never found a movie that I've liked more than the book! I do really want to visit the theme park though, even though it won't be the same I think I would still love it. Thanks for linking up!

  4. I read the whole series every year and re watch all the movies ( and I have all the video games) HP freakazoid I think. Been to universal twice and now can't wait to go to the theme park in England. My love of HP never gets old

  5. Susan {ofeverymoment}October 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    My grandmother used to travel to England on occasion, and would always bring me back some novels. None ever became as popular as the Harry Potter Series though! Happy SITS Day!

  6. Thank you! I know I would have discovered the series no matter what at this point, just because they are so popular, and it was nice being introduced to it so early on here in the states. I don't remember that girls name, but she made a significant impact in my life by sleeping in the bunk next to me that year!

  7. Words cannot describe the relationship I have formed in my mind with these books. I only read the series once (I really need to re-read!) but that series has stuck with me for so long. Till this day I tell people they are my favorite books of all time. There is so much magic behind them, and you're right, the movies never did them justice. There's so much more feeling you get from the books, and it's hard to get that right on the screen. I'm so with you on this one! Happy SITS day!!

  8. Happy SITS Day! I'm in the middle of re-reading the series right now :)

  9. I am reading the 5th book now with my daughter her 2nd time, my 3rd. I too get a very visceral reaction to Delores Umbridge! I read the series when it came out when I was in my late 20s. When my daughter was 3, she found the books in our basement and begged me to read them to her. We only read up to the 4th book at first fearing the rest were too scary for a toddler. Now that she is in 2nd grade we are starting on the rest. Such a wonderful thing to share with my daughter! Happy SITS Day!

  10. Thank you! Harry Potter is truly one of the best things to happen to my life, which might be weird to say but it has had so much impact. Glad to find someone that enjoys the books as much as I do!

  11. A favorite pastime of mine! Might have to start them again when I finish my current book. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Dolores Umbridge is one of my favorite bad guys- I hate her even more than Voldemort! I can't wait to share the series with my future children, nieces and nephews. My greatest fear is that they won't appreciate them or love them as much as I do! Thank you for stopping by!