There are a handful of things that I’m passionate about and will argue about until I’m blue in the face. One of them is my love for Harry Potter.
My love for the boy wizard started when I was 11 years old. I never really liked to read and then I picked up Harry Potter and the Philosophers/Sorcerers Stone. My mind was blown and I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading it. There was only one problem with this, my parents started to take interest in what I was doing. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem but when your parents are religious conservatives it becomes a problem. They did have my best interest, or what they thought it was, in mind so I can’t be bitter towards it, I just feel now as an adult it was ridiculous. I’ll go on more about this maybe later or in a different blog completely.
Here’s the deal, Harry Potter is not evil and does not encourage children to start worshiping the occult. If your child is old enough to read Harry Potter and s/he believes that the wizarding world of Harry Potter is actually real and that they themselves are magical your child needs professional help because clearly your child is delusional. If you believe that the books do, you are a fucking gullible moron that needs to stop being a sheep and actually read one because you have no clue what you’re talking about.
I was on the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when my step mom asked me what I was reading. I told her. Not much happened from there until about 3 weeks before Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released. I had saved my allowance all summer long because I was going to buy the book. Well, I guess my parents didn’t realize what I was saving up for so they started questioning me. I told them why I was saving the money and they told me I wasn’t allowed to read Harry Potter anymore because it was pagan, evil, and an abomination before the eyes of God. That word abomination wasn’t actually used but I added so you get the picture. I literally cried. Harry Potter does not teach children witch craft. So the book was released and I didn’t read it until second semester of 7th grade. I had to keep Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in my locker and read it at lunch and at breaks and in between classes. It took me a couple months but I read it and enjoyed every single second of it. After that I pretty much stopped reading altogether and lost interest in the world until after I graduated high school and was rightfully forced out of my sisters apartment. I was taken in by my best friends mom and little sister. Alyssa, my best friends little sister, had books 1-6. Hell yes. I reread and read for the first time all of them within a week and a half. Then Easter of 2007 I watched a Harry Potter movie for the very first time. I started backwards and watched the 4th first ect. Then the moment all Potterheads had been bitter sweetly waiting for-the release of the Deathly Hallows. I preordered the book from Barnes and Noble. I had to know if Snape was really evil. I had to know Harry Potter or Voldemort. I couldn’t wait. I literally obsessed over it for a month. Released date came and no package. I literally died inside. People who hadn’t preordered were getting their books and such before me. BN had to resend me out my book and thankfully I got it in two days because I was moving from the address they were supposed to be sending it to. The only issue with it was instead of a book they sent me book on disk. Whatever-I didn’t care. I spent the next week listening to the books. Once I finished I was kind of depressed because it was over. I felt the same thing when the last movie came out, but more so because the last movie made it more final. I think if your a huge Harry Potter fan you understand this semi-depressed feeling. I think it’s because to me there will never be another great saga like Harry Potter.
About a year ago I saw a video of J.K. Rowlings talking about a new Harry Potter experience called Pottermore. Karen=Mind Blown. I immediately went to the site only to find it was in BETA and I’d have to wait. So I waited and waited and waited and then forgot about it. Well, I didn’t really forget per-say. I’ve had a rough month mentally and a lot of things I enjoy or used to do have been put on the back burner including the Harry Potter themed birthday party I had to cancel due to my mental health in December. I plan on still having this party but probably in October. Anyway, so about a week ago I couldn’t sleep so I got on Twitter and I saw something that sparked immediate happiness into my being- Pottermore, still BETA, is open to the public now. Then my happiness was sucked away with the realization that my shitty laptop adapter went kaput and I’d have to wait like two weeks before I could buy another so I could actually get onto Pottermore. After about two days I gave a mental “fuck this” and called my little sister Judy and had her help me. From my iPhone I registered for Pottermore.( My username is DraconisSnitch4016 for those of you also on Pottermore, add me and let me know who you are so I can nickname you). I was able to get all the way up to Gringotts before the iPhone became a handicap. I turned on my Wii and logged into Pottermore via the Internet Channel powered by Opera Mobile and was able to get past Gringott’s but again became stopped at Ollivanders. It was beyond annoying. I called Judy and had her walk through the site so I could get my wand, sycamore with a unicorn core-brittle, and walk me through getting sorted. I had been kind of nervous about this. I picture myself as nervous as the first years in the book. Not Hufflepuff…please god not Hufflepuff…
“Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.“
Slytherin! I’m a Slytherin! Emerald and silver all the way!! I was so freaking excited and happy that the Sorting Hat placed me here! I always saw myself being in Ravenclaw or Slytherin and have even been told I’d make an excellent Death Eater. Something that I find kind of humorus is that all 3 of my siblings were place in all different houses. Judy-Ravenclaw, Jake-Gryffindor, Gwen- Hufflepuff, and myself being a Slytherin. How unlike minded are we?!
I’ve finished up the first book via the site and can’t wait to move on to the second!
If you’ve never picked up Harry Potter, seriously, pick it up and give it a chance. It really is worth it. Also, sign up for Pottermore it’s super fun!
Concluding this, I leave you with a quote from Alan Rickman because I hope to be just like this.
“When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, “After all this time?” And I will say, “Always.”
― Alan Rickman