By now I was completely immersed in the storyline and wanted Hogwarts to be real. I still wish it was real.
When I read the 4th book, which had just come out when I started reading them, I was completely hooked.
I read that book in a day or 2. I think I missed dinner…and I never missed dinner. The 4th book proved that you can cry from a story. The writing was so fantastic that I felt like I was Harry and I was helping him fight Voldemort. So, when Cedric dies, I felt like a part of me was dying too. It was amazing.
Then the waiting began. I believe it was a year or two before Book 5 came out so there was a ton of time to fall in love with the movies as they came out and the Hogwarts you imagined was now on the big screen.
Book 5 made me cry again and I started to understand how the story was taking shape.
Book 6 was full of revelations and was just fantastic. I actually knew what was going to happen and didn’t cry but I did in the movie…so sad.
And Book 7 was amazing. I really thought she did an amazing job tying up the story in a lovely bow and kissing it goodbye.
I think J.K. Rowling is an amazing writer and a fabulous visionary who made it possible to write something so enormous and realistic for adults and children alike to love. She achieved something effortlessly that I think authors today have a really hard time figuring out and she was able to do it in her car.
Because I started reading Harry Potter in high school, I have read almost 200 books and I can honestly say that it changed my life. I can’t say that it affected my childhood, because I was almost an adult when I started reading them, but I will say that without HP, I don’t know if I would be an avid reader today.
I don’t want this post to be all about HP. I realize that some people haven’t read them and never will. And that is OK. I just want people to understand that books matter and shape our lives no matter how old we are. It doesn’t matter. I will one day read HP again and be taken back to where I was when I first read them and love them again. Hogwarts will always be there to bring me back home.
What books have affected you?