Harry Potter

Whenever I am asked where my passion for reading and writing stems from, I always respond with my childhood love for Harry Potter.

 

Well, I can’t really deem my love for Harry Potter as a childhood characteristic. I still love the books today, and I undoubtedly always will.

I stared reading the Harry Potter series when I was in grade six or seven, from what I can recall. I have read and re-read all seven of the books at least five times each.

Hey, to be fair, I never said I was normal.

But in all seriousness, I entirely owe my passion for reading, writing, literature and the English language to the Harry Potter series and furthermore J.K. Rowling. If I hadn’t picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when I was in elementary school, I probably would not be studying English in university today.

I cannot even comprehend the amount of planning that went into the series on behalf of J.K. Rowling. It is to my understanding that she actually wrote the seventh and final book of the series first, meaning she had to have the entire plot determined and figured out for her to use as a basis for the remaining six books. If you have read the books, and you are aware of all of the small details in each that lead up to the final book, you will agree with me in my awe for the woman. She is a master.

The characters of the books themselves are just so full of life and personality, and I think that is the main reason why reading the books was such an enjoyable experience for me. I also just really love the concept of magic and fantasy, so the series was basically written for me.

Although the Harry Potter films are pretty great, nothing compares to reading the actual books. I am a firm believer that any film created in response to an original text will never live up to the standards the book set out initially. There’s just something about holding a book in your hands and turning the pages that really heightens the authenticity of the reading experience.

Have you read the Harry Potter books? If so, which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading. :)

– Lauren

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