Thankful Thursday: Harry Potter


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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An early 2000s Halloween costume worn by yours truly.

This will be one of the few times I ever write about Harry Potter on LitLemon. I, like heaps of other readers, grew up with not only the Harry Potter books but the movies as well. It was an enchanting time to be young.

There was other YA on the rise, like Twilight. All of which had a cult-like following, but they paled in comparison to the fandom of Harry Potter. Let it be known, it is one of my favorite series, but I choose not to write about it because it is so popular and I love it so much. I have encountered readers and non-readers who were either not allowed to read the series as a child or didn’t want to. I try not to gush about how they are missing out on amazing series. Like all books, if you want to read it you will make time.

Why am I thankful for Harry Potter? It is one of the few series I have read where the characters age and the story gets darker as it goes on. Like many fans, I grew up (literally) with Harry. We had a special bond, cheesy I know. There are few series that have made me cry, Harry Potter being one of them. I took each death personally. By the time the last movie was released I had come to terms with the end, but not everyone in the midnight showing had. I have never seen a movie where so many people left crying, I don’t know if I ever will.

Did Harry Potter make me a reader? Unfortunately no, but the series has shaped how I read. It was the first series my mom read aloud to me, or well tried too. She stopped reading them aloud at book four, I don’t blame her. Harry Potter was something my family/friends read together and watch together, memories that cannot be replaced.

By no means is Harry Potter the perfect series, but it is an excellent series for me. I have spent a long time looking for the “next Harry Potter,” but can’t. There is just nothing like it out there to fill the void of Harry Potter. There are other magical series and novels, but nothing comes close. SO I have put Harry Potter on a special shelf in my mind/heart as a series I won’t compare against other works or talk about.

P.S. I am a Ravenclaw, my favorite books are The Prisoner of Azkaban/The Deathly Hallows, and Voldemort is one of my favorite characters.

Did you love Harry Potter? Have any similar memories? What house are you? Did you read Harry Potter? Have friends that didn’t read Harry Potter? Have friends that couldn’t read or see anything Harry Potter related?


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