Hello Everybody, I hope you had a good weekend!
Before I get started with this post, I just wanted to share some exciting news. Recently, I had someone look over my blog, and they told me to check out Medium. On Medium, I can write blog posts, poetry, whatever my heart desires, and when a member of the site reads it, I get paid for it. In other words, I’m starting off with this whole “getting paid to write” journey! I’m not expecting to have this as a full time gig or anything, but it would be nice to have some extra side income. So, if you want to check it out, you can read my first post here.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get back to today’s topic!
Since it was recently Harry’s Birthday (July 31st, just in case you didn’t know), I felt that it was only right to do a series highlight on Harry Potter. Honestly, this series not only had a huge impact on me as a reader, but it enchanted so many readers of my generation… how could I not talk about it?
For context, the first Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Or if you’re from the UK, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) was first published on June 26, 1997. It has been 22 years since the books were published, and it still is so well known, even being introduced to a new generation of children to experience. Thinking about that alone is mind boggling; JK Rowling probably had no idea the impact this story would have on so many children. As we all know, Rowling was rejected from A LOT of publishers before finally being picked up by Bloomsbury because of the eight year old daughter of Bloomsbury’s chief executive saying how much she loved it. Then, Scholastic bought the rights for US publication in April of 1997.
From there, the rest is history. The Harry Potter movies came out between November of 2001 and July of 2011. Universal Studios Orlando added the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to their theme park, eventually expanding it to their LA location. The world has become exposed to the Harry Potter world one way or another, and for a lot of people around my age and younger, it’s hard to imagine a world that hadn’t been exposed to the Wizarding World.
When I first started reading the series, I was pretty young, and I shared the first five books with my brother (it was easy since we weren’t reading them at the same time, and my parents didn’t want to spend money on having multiple copies of the same books). However, when the sixth book came out, my brother and I were both caught up with the series, reading it as soon as it came out, so we each got our own copies. We tried to see who could read it faster, and talked about it when we finished. Same thing happened with the seventh book.
For me, it was one of the first series that got me not only into reading, but also into actually talking about the book with other people, as well as fandom culture first hand. I watched the movies as they came out, I became obsessed with anything Harry Potter especially as Youtube was becoming more popular, with videos such as the Mysterious Ticking Noise and A Very Potter Musical. When I went to Universal Studios in Orlando a few years ago, my friend and I went to Harry Potter world, (Unfortunately, I left a day or two before the Hogwarts Express opened) and I watched it expand within Orlando, as well as it moving into Universal Studios in LA. I was exposed more to cosplayers who would dress up as the characters, and a lot of my friends in high school loved Harry Potter. We were constantly making references, talking about the books, movies and other related topics, quite often. There was even a Harry Potter Club at my high school, who did events such as putting on performances that re-enacted scenes from A Very Potter Musical. Even at the bookstore I work at now, we had a huge Harry Potter event for his birthday, and there were so many kids dressed up, excited about the magic of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter, no matter if you have read the books, liked them, disliked them, or don’t care about it either way, is most definitely a defining moment in the culture of my generation.
Despite the fact that I devoured these books as a kid, I haven’t read them… probably since re-reading the entire series before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. As I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, I’ve been wanting to re-read the series again, and have had the first book sitting on my bedside table for the past few days. Some day soon I’ll go back and read it, (maybe even write some blog posts about experiencing Harry Potter again as an adult), but for now, this post will come to a close.
Thank you for reading, and have a good rest of your week!
I’ll see you on Friday with a new post 😄
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