This week has been so hectic catching up with family after vacation and being more willing to come in to work early since I did get 4 days off last week. Also, it has felt very much like my body is here but my mind is still playing catch up with the rest of me. It is still on vacation and is being pretty darn stubborn. I have decided to do a post featuring something, not someone but something, that has helped make me who I am today.
The books, the movies, the fan base, everything about it really is incredible. Now, I know it seems silly to do a full post about a fictional story and say that it has affected me as a person and especially at my age, but it was my first book series that I read all the way through and had absolutely no trouble finishing. That alone speaks volumes to me and to anyone that knows me. Also to anyone that knows me, they know that I am an uber Harry Potter geek. I have books besides the actual story books, the movies, a wand, countless photos saved to my computer and I’m working on getting a set of golden snitch jewelry. There have been more things that I can relate to in that story than in most things in the real world. Obviously I can’t relate to the wizardry because, well, it’s not real. But what I can relate to are the inspiring and uplifting stories of the relationships there, the friendships, the courage and lack there of of the Gryffindors, the book smarts of the Ravenclaws, the all around goodness of the Hufflepuffs and the sneaky and manipulative nature of the Slytherins. There were characters I loved and characters I loved to hate. There were even characters that I hated to love and especially those I just simply hated because there was just no redemption in what they did no matter how much pink they wore or how much they loved kitties.
The whole aspect of that story has definitely changed me as a person, but in good ways. It introduced me to what real fandom is, geeky fandom anyway. It’s a bit like having a huge family..knowing you are one of many that loves something that much and all for different reasons. To be part of that generation, even if I’m on the older end of it, is something wonderful. When watching the premiere for the final movie and all those kids that played the main characters took to the carpet, the world watched them grow up and grow in to these roles. Not only did they become the character, the character sort of became them. Weird little quirks that Daniel Radcliffe had, now Harry Potter had. Same goes for the others. Then there are those who played in the movies who were already superfans of the story. Luna Lovegood. Alan Rickman. These are iconic people who played iconic roles that will never be forgotten. Could it be because of their passion for the story?
So to say that this all has made me a better person, changed me and taught me things, opened my eyes to a whole new world (cue music) does seem entirely ridiculous, but then again I like entirely ridiculous things. I will forever be thankful for those books, that world that Rowling created, and the awesome movies that came from them. My children will know of that world and hopefully it will continue to be passed down through the generations.
“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
– J.K. Rowling