Guys I fucking miss Harry Potter

LIKE OH MY GOD

I JUST REALIZED HOW MUCH I MISS H👏A👏R👏R👏Y👏P👏O👏T👏T👏E👏R

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I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve talked about it on my blog a lot of times, notably in a few essays called Potter & Me in which I tell my discovery and experience with the series. I even made a segment of me interviewing my sister about Harry Potter two years ago (which got abandonned like most of what I start). I’d provide you with links but I doubt anyone would use them.

I always went through phases with my Potterheadness. I’d lose interest for a little while, then get hit with Potter Fever and go back to binging all the material I could lay my hands on. Rereading the books, posting quotes, joining forums, playing online RPG games (hogwartsonline was my shit), harrassing my friends until they pick the books up, entre autres.

The problem is that every time I reread the books, I would always lose the momentum on Deathly Hallows and eventually stop midway through. Thus, I’ve never read Deathly Hallows through end. I’ve read the first half like 4 times, but I can’t finish the rest e v e r y t i m e. I’ve read it in full, of course, but in French, back when I first discovered it.

Because of this, my “fever” finally calmed down to a halt since my last failed attempt, and I never thought of picking the books up since. That didn’t mean I was any less of a Potterhead, of course; I bought Cursed Child on release day (let’s not talk about that… thing, though), and I watched Fantastic Beasts as soon as it came out (now that, we can talk about any day), but I haven’t bothered to reread the actual books or rewatch the movies.

But I’m making this post now, so as you have probably guessed, I AM AFFLICTED WITH POTTER FEVER ONCE MORE!

It all started when I literally forced one of my close friends to take the first book with him on holiday. He was so adamant on not reading, to the point where he read it just so he can prove to me that he won’t like it.

Obviously, he did like it. He’s now begging me to give him the second. I wanted to make him wait as a punishment for being a stubborn in the beginning, but he texted me a picture of him downloading the second movie, and I can NOT risk him commiting the crime of watching-before-reading.

Anyway, this reminded me of how enchanted I were when I first discovered the series, and how badly I missed the wizarding world. So here I am, showing symptoms of Potter Fever once again! 

However, I do not want to repeat my old mistakes. This time around, I want to start from Deathly Hallows at once. It’s against my core beliefs, but I see no other way. Wow, I’m amazing at making silly stuff sound heroic.

My birthday was last week, and this same friend who was on holiday brought me a wAND FROM THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL. The DUMBLEDORE one. I can’t describe how amazing it felt to hold it for the first time. Not only that, but my other amazing friend got me the HOGWARTS LIBRARY! I had been looking for them my entire life! She got me the new editions, in that pretty green case, and I melted when I opened the package. I already started rereading Tales of Beedle the Bard and the nostalgia hit me like a truck. 

God I missed Harry Potter. And I’m ready to dive back in.

Ultimate Harry Potter Book Tag!

I found this tag yet again on susannevalenti.com (what great tags she has) and I really wanted to do it because I can go on for days about Harry Potter (as you can tell by the majority of my posts). Hiwigow!

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Disclaimer: I have previously done the Harry Potter Book Tag, but it has other questions. If there are any similar questions, I’ll either skip them and link to that post or change the answer if convenient.

1. Favourite Book?

Last time I said Order of the Phoenix, and that was before I reread it. Now… I’m not sure. I sure enjoyed it but I have a feeling that I’ll enjoy the two following books even more. We’ll see!

2. Least favourite book?

I was wrong, Goblet of Fire is actually pretty awesome. And now this question is literally impossible. None of them are bad. I don’t have a least favorite. Movin’ on.

3. Favourite movie?

Same. Always.

4. Least favourite movie?

Hmmmmmm.

I’ll have to say Chamber of Secrets, because of the number of times I’ve already seen it, even before knowing about Harry Potter. There’s just something about it.

5. Favourite quote?

One of my favorites from when I read the 6th book in french was when Hermione suggested that the Prince could be a girl. And Harry said ‘Tu connais beaucoup de filles qui sont princes?’ and it just made me laugh so hard (ah, simple times). I’m not sure if it translates the same in English but it means ‘Do you know a lot of girls who are prince?’

There’s also a lot of funny ones that I like, like the one about the fly Harry was summoning “but maybe the fly was just stupid”. 

But since everyone loves the serious quotes and all, my favorite would be Dumbledore saying that humans love to go after the things that hurt them the most a.k.a money and eternal life in the Philosopher’s Stone.

6. Favourite Weasley?

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Forge. Or Gred. I can’t chose one.

7. Favourite female character?

Hermione of course! But after rereading the 5th I really like Luna too. 

8. Favourite villain?

Umbridge. I’m sorry. Hate me. I’d absolutely hate her in real life, but she just seems so bitchy and shady and ugh she slays.

9. Favourite male character?

It’s between Snape and Dumbledore. They both have their quirks. Dumbledore’s way of speech is amusing but also sometimes irks me, so imma say Snape.

10. Favourite professor?

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Trelwaney. Again, unpopular opinion but she just cracks me up. AND let us not forget that if it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t even have a story! No prophecy, no Boy who Lived, no Come to Die.

11. Would you rather a) wash Snape’s hair or b) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

I wouldn’t stand Lockhart talking about himself. So I chose Snape, maybe I can get him a new haircut, or maybe like a makeover, and he’d be hip and cool… Nah, just kidding. If I could do that I’d do it to myself.

12. Would you rather duel a) an elated Bellatrix or b) an angry Molly?

Who in their right mind would duel Bellatrix?! Even if she’s elated (and by that I’m guessing you mean high on weed), she’s still an evil maniac. Molly wouldn’t hurt me that much (well except if I were coming for her daughter, you bitch).

13. Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts express or flying car?

Aside from the trolley, the train is just a train. But a flying car!! Who’d say no to that!?

14. Would you rather kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a bubble bath?

For nothing on earth would I want to see Umbridge naked. So I’ll kiss Voldy, endure a couple of second’s disgust and terror, then it’d be over. And my eyes would be closed so that I wouldn’t be eternally scarred like in the other scenario.

15. Would you rather ride a Hippogriff or a Firebolt?

Neither really, because 1) an eagle headed flying lion sounds terrifying and 2) I do not fancy holding a wooden stick up my butt for who knows how long.

16. Is there any character that you felt differently about in the movies?

Dumbledore is so serious and all in the latter movies. Like no bitch make jokes and stuff.

Also I felt like Umbridge was kind of nicer in the movies and not as repulsive. Who else… Ron wasn’t nearly as funny as in the books, and I felt the twins’ jokes were a bit forced. However, Draco, Snape, Hagrid, McGo, all on fleek.

17. Is there a movie you preffered to the book?

No way. Never. They’re already two completely different things but no.

18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

I don’t know, Gambon looks more hip and Dumbledorey while Harris is more of a Santa Claus, but his serenity is what I imagine the real Dumbledore to be like.

19. Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most?

I really wanted to see the Other Minister and Will and Won’t chapters in the 6th (the one where Fudge talks to the Muggle Prime Minister and the one where Dumbledore goes to the Dursley’s. Priceless.) Also, more Dobby!

20. If you could remake any of the movies which would it be?

I’d want to change the Voldemort death scene in DH part 2 but the movie is already perfect enough so I’ll leave it. Maybe the 6th? To include the scenes I already talked about…

21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

I really don’t remember! But I know that it must have been Ravenclaw, and I still feel the same. I feel smart enough to belong there, and I’d be delighted to be in the company of people like Luna.

22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?

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I had two accounts, for passsord-forgetting reasons. In the first one I was sorted into Ravenclaw and was quite pleased with myself, but then one or two years later it sorted me into Gryffindor! I really don’t think I’m what you’d call ‘brave’! But I guess I’m loyal to my friends… Meh. It’s still good.

23. Which class would be your favourite?

I feel like Charms could be fun, but I also love cooking up stuff and Potions sound wonderful (I don’t really see how someone could fuck up clear instructions… But then again the same could be said about food recipes).

24. Which spell do you think would be the most useful to learn?

I can only pick one?!

I guess for the sake of my muggle belongings, Reparo. But I would also love to use Silencio on a number of people. And Wingardium Leviosa is like so iconic. And Accio would be so useful and time saving… Gahhh!

25. Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?

Hermione! We’d be more than friends. She’d be all over me. I share the same mindset, I’d fully support S.P.E.W, I’d study with her… Harry and Ron are such jerks to her sometimes.

26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

It depends on whether owning a wand makes me a Wizard. If so, I’d have no trouble chosing the Elder Wand because then I’d be able to do the most powerful magic and I’d go straight to Wizard Heaven or whatever when I die and see everyone and whisper behind the veil. But if I’d just be a muggle with a wooden stick, then definitely the Resurrection Stone so I could just talk with anyone I lost and make some friends talk to their deceased loved ones (I’m thinking of a girl in my class who’s mom is in an almost-dead state after a car accident and I feel so bad for her).

27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?

First off, I’m annoyed with the way the second through fourth books seem to try to re-explain notions from the first books that we all know by heart by now. I know it’s for new readers but like no.

I’d also change the epilogue for something less fairytaley.

28. Favourite Marauder?

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Moony all the way.

29. If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?

Ugh, Fred of course! He’s still alive for me anyway. He can’t have! (in fact, the only fanfic that I ever wrote – and that I’ll start posting here weekly soon – is about him and George. Nothing twincesty, though, don’t worry.)

30. Hallows or Horcruxes?

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Who’d want Horcruxes?!

Like I can’t believe anyone would want to become what Voldemort has become in the Albanian forest. Or was it just his case? Do others who have only one Horcruxe just continue living normally? In that case… Wait no wtf I’d have to kill someone no no no. Plus Hallows are like the most badass objects ever. They’re like permanent life power-ups. Who wouldn’t want those?!

Aaaaaand that’s it! Well, that took long enough…. But it was really fun nevertheless. 

I nominate any hardcore Potterhead for this tag. Have fun with it!

Stop hatin’ on Potter

I noticed a lot of Potterheads complain about Harry being bitchy in the fifth book.

When I read this book the previous times, I somehow agreed. He was usually quite stable emotionally and it was strange to see him act out like that and start being angry at everything.

However, now, while reading again, I can’t believe how much I relate to how he feels.

So many of these thoughts that cross his mind remind me of mine; the most notable is when he starts drifting off to rather bad spirited thoughts about his friends, and a few seconds later he feels shame and guilt about it.

I understand how I might have overlooked these parts before, because I myslef had not been through this process of conflicting emotions.

Now, after going through this eventful and confusing mess of a year, I find that Jo has indeed captured to near perfection the feelings of a teenage boy, unsure of who he thought were his friends’ and even his own intentions.

So dear anti-grumpy-Harry readers, cut him some slack. If even plain, normal, not-Chosen-One boys (or girls) his age go through this jumble of angry and confused emotions, imagine what it would be like for a boy who besides having to deal with natural anger that comes from raging hormones and first loves, has the world’s evilest wizard after him, the entire magical community ridiculing and disbelieving him, and… What else…

Oh right HE’S A FUCKING HORCRUX!!?! That’s enough to make anyone grim and agitated (Exhibit A: Ron & The Locket). It’s a wonder how he hasn’t grown up to be Grumpy Smurf.

In fact, if you think about it, it’s an adequat explanation as to why the dursleys were always so angry and hateful towards him (well there was the fact that they hated his whole family and kind but maybe that’s a side effect?)

So anyway, LEAVE BRITNEY HARRY ALONE! TOT

(For those of you who aren’t familiar with that particular web meme about LEAVING BRITNEY ALONE, don’t worry, I’m not really that upset. I don’t really care actually about your feelings towards some fictional character.)
(Okay I do.)
(Kinda.)
(A lot.)
(So watch it.)

Harry Potter as Seen by my Little Sister! Book 1 – Part 2 –

Hey guys! This is the second part of the first installment of Potterviewster. Without further ado, here it is!

Let’s fast forward to the end of the book. What happened in the end of the year?

With the Philosopher’s Stone?

Yes.

They go on an adventure to find it so that Dumbled – sorry I mean Voldemort – (*wtf how could she mistake the two*) doesn’t find it first and come back to life. They went through many levels and stages. First they had to make the big dog sleep, then there was a chess room, and then they got to the final room and they found Quirrell.

Who was he?

Their teacher.

So Quirrell wanted the Stone?

Yes.

And did they suspect that it was him who was looking for it?

No, they always thought it was Snape.

Who’s Snape?

[Other Sis] Some guy.

[Me] Stop acting like this omg you’re so jealous and butthurt

[Other Sis] Pff no I’m not if I wanted to read the books I would have I just don’t want to (*deniaaal*)

[Me] Ok no one asked you 

[Lil Sis] He was the Potion teacher.

And did he like Harry?

Pf no.

Why?

Because… I think that’s in the third book… Harry’s father made a prank on Snape and he has a grudge…

No just tell me what you know in this book.

But it’s all in the third book!

No Dumbledore tells Harry when he’s in the hospital – nevermind. Did you like Snape?

No.

Even at the end when he turned out to have been helping and saving Harry?

Well I like that he saved him but he was still mean.

So back to Quirrel – why did he want the stone?

Because he wanted to give it to Voldemort and Voldemort was actually on the other side of his head and it was so scary…

Who’s Voldemort? 

He’s the bad guy. He’s evil and he killed Harry’s parents that’s why he doesn’t have parents. And now he wants to kill Harry because the last time he killed him it didn’t even work and he killed himslef instead because Harry’s mother protected him but he didn’t die too much but he became very weak.

Enough. Did he get the stone?

No because Harry stopped him.

So who found the Stone?

Harry and Quirrel…

No who like found it.

Oh, Harry.

How?

There was this mirror that shows what you really really want and Harry saw himself find the stone so he knew where the stone was hidden.

About that mirror – what did it show Harry before, like before that day?

It showed him his family because he had never even seen them! They were all dead. And it showed Ron himself with the Quidditch thing that he won. And it showed Dumbledore with warm socks but Harry didn’t believe him very much.

If that mirror existed, would you look at it?

Yes!

[Other Sis] No

*ignore* Really? All the time?

Um, no.

Why?

Um…

[Other Sis] We shouldn’t live in dreams – “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live”.

[Me] I TOLD YOU TO SHUT UP SO SHUT UP! *although impressed by her remembering the quote* *oh wait yeah I gave it to her so she can put it as a Whatsapp status*

[Lil Sis] Yeah what she said.

Fine.

Now onto other questions – who was your favorite character from this book?

You already asked me and I told you Hermione.

No I mean from the whole book not just the trio.

Hermione.

Why?

*no response*

Okay who’s your least favorite character?

Drago (no, this isn’t a mistake, that’s his french name. I feel like I’m being a snob with all my french names but that’s the language my sister read the books in).

Who was he?

Harry’s enemy because Drago asked him to be friends with him instead of Hermione and Ron but Harry didn’t accept so they became enemies.

Who do you think is the funniest character?

Hmm… Who was funny… Oh Fred and George.

What was your favorite moment in the book?
When Hermione acts like a know-it-all.

[Other Sis] *laughs*

Like when?

Like in the train when she comes to look for Neville’s frog but she finds Ron doing a wrong spell and she shows him how to do real magic and she fixes Harry’s glasses –

No that wasn’t in this book…

Yes it was at least in the movies.

Oh yeah right. And what was your least favorite part?

When Harry got his letter the first time but uncle Vernon didn’t let him read it and he kept destroying the letters…

Me too! It made me so frustrated the first time I read the books I hated Vernon so much… Anyway. Do you think you might reread the books on the future?

Well, after I finish those I’ll have loads of other books to read… But I guess if I feel like I want to read them again I will.

What do you recommend people who have watched the movies but haven’t read the books?

I would tell them to read the books *stares at Other Sis who grunts* because there are a lot of details that you don’t see in the movies and they’re great. And also you get more surprised by the events in the book if you haven’t watched the movies… But also you get surprised while you watch the movie because it’s in front of you… I don’t know…

Okay but the point is that they should read the books.

Yes.

Good. And your sister should read them.

Yes.

Good. *another grunt from Other Sis*

So these were all the questions I had for you from the first book, thanks for doing the interview!

*stares* Can I go now?

Meh.

~*~*~

And that concludes our interview about the first book! Hope you liked it!

I’m currently working on the second book interview while my sister is finishing the fourth book.

She better hurry up.

Harry Potter as Seen by my Little Sister! Book 1 – Part 1 –

Alright! So this the first installment of Potterviewster!

For those of you who haven’t read my previous post, this is me asking my little sister questions about the Harry Potter books which she’s currently reading.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Hi, thank you for doing this-

Let’s get this over with.

Got it. When did you read the 1st book?

About a year ago.

What made you read them?

You.

I made you? Like forced you?

No but you were always reading them and telling us we should read them too and not watch the last movies to avoid spoilers.

So you eventually read the books.

Yes.

And did your sister read the books?

She just read like the first two pages.

[Other sister: What? Shut up I read half of the first one almost probably]

And why didn’t she continue?

Because my sister doesn’t like reading and she *interruption* [Other sister: can you stop talking about me I thought this was your interview]

*ignoring second sister* So tell me what you remember about the first book.

What? 

What do you remember about the first book?

What?? (She seemed to have become hearing impaired somehow)

[Me+Other Sister] WHAT. DO. YOU. REMEMBER. FROM. THE. FIRST. BOOK.

Oh. Harry used to live with his aunt… What’s her name… Petunia and… Vernon and their son Dudley and they hated him because his mother and father were wizards.

Whow there you’re getting ahead he didn’t even know they were wizards yet.

But they knew.

Good point. Proceed.

So his mother and father were wizards…

What were their names?

Um… Lily and… And…

YOU DON’T KNOW HIS FATHER’S NAME?!

[Other Sister] James.

[Lil Sister] Shut up this is my interview I talk you shut up okay so shut up. His name was James.

Okay got it.

And his aunt and uncle were treating him badly and they kept him at home and also they gave him Dudley’s old school uniform!

And then…

Then…?

Then what happens?

What happens?

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN THE STORY?

Oh. Then the letters start arriving. But his uncle doesn’t let him read them.

Why?

Because they say that he’s a wizard and should go to a magic school and they don’t want him to know it. And then letters keep coming so his uncle goes mad and takes them to a house in the sea but it doesn’t matter because Hagrid comes and gives Harry a birthday cake because it was his birthday and tells Harry he is a wizard and gives him the letter and turns Dudley into a pig because he started eating the cake – wait no – he wanted to turn him into a pig but he could only give him a pigtail because he looked already like a pig.

Did you like Hagrid?

Yes. 

Why?

Because he was cute.

Cute?

Yes but he was expelled.

Yeah but you don’t know this until the second book.

I know but just saying.

So he got his letter and then what happened?

He went to Poudlard (Hogwarts in French) and made friends – Hermione and um Ron.

Which one of his friends did you like better?

Hermione.

Why?

Because she’s sassy. And also smart.

Do you think you’re like her?

[Other Sis] No

[Lil Sis] Well not really but you seem to think we look alike

Not in the appearence, like, her personality...

[Other Sis] No

[Lil Sis] Oh, maybe… I think I’m clever like her 

[Other Sis] No

[Lil Sis] And we like books…

*suddenly we hear fireworks and we interrupt the interview to go look at them*

*we are back*

What else was there at Hogwarts?

There was Quidditch.

Did you like Quidditch?

Oh yes.

Would you play it?

No because it’s dangerous and also the rules are weird.

Can you explain them?

There are 4 balls. A small one that flies and you should catch – what is it called again?

[Other Sis] Flying Ball?

[Lil Sis] Oh yeah it’s the Vif d’Or (French for Snitch). And there’s two Cognards (Bludgers) that try to hurt the players and there’s the big ball that’s called… I forgot… 

*we pause the interview to look it up because I myself had forgotten the French name for Quaffle*

Right, it’s the Souafle. And they try to score with it and the team with most points win. 

Okay. Let’s fast forward to the end of the book. What happened in the end of the year?

With the Philosopher’s Stone?

Yes.

[…]

So this was the first part of our first book interview! The rest will come out sometime soon.

Did you enjoy it? Should I continue with the other books? Should I stop? Should I go hang myslef? Should I stop blabbing?

Lemme know.

Potter & Me (Part 2)

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This is the second part of my story with Harry, having covered earlier how I came to know him.

After I read the last book twice during that summer and watching the last movie (in horrifyingly low quality), I returned the books to my friend. We were now Potter Pals! Yaaay. She said if I really liked Harry Potter she has another series involving magical characters that she’d lend me, and I said okay.

It was Artemis Fowl. To be completely honest, I don’t remember anything from it. The first book was okayish, the second one, I don’t even remember reading , the third one was actually good but by the time I got to the fourth one, I was done. The story was not nearly as interesting as Harry’s. So I gave her the book back, and she said ‘do you want to reread Harry Potter’ and again I was like ‘okay’, but time I was more excited to revisit the world I loved so much.

I don’t really remember anything in particular that happened when I reread them in French. I did enjoy it though. Anyway, after finishing, I was starting eighth grade, and my friend and I were no longer in the same class so I took a break from  reading books in general. That’s where I turned to online communities.

I remember reading whole wikipedia articles about the Harry Potter Universe. I still have them saved on my computer. Let me check…

Yep. 251 Word pages of Harry Potter facts that I read everytime I had the chance.

I also became the admin of two Harry Potter related pages (Potterheadophobia – The Fear Of Being Told The Magic’s Over ; and The Common Room at Hogwarts ; if you want you can give them a like) and discovered Hogwarts-RPG sites, such as hogwartslive.com (from which I was dramatically banned because I was under 13) and my personal favorite, maisons.poudlard.org , a french site that had (and still has) everything from forums to news to chat rooms to various classes where you could do your homework and write essays for points and gallions, advancing through the years, collecting chocolate frog cards, unlocking hogwarts secrets, sending dungbombs to friends, writing and reading categorized fanfiction, wandering through the Forbidden Forest and trying to solve all its riddles, reading the monthly edition of the Daily Prophet put together by the site members… It was magical, and the community there was fantastic. I still visit from time to time (If you’re interested my username is Anthony98. I don’t even know why I put the 98. I was born in 1999.)

Anyway, in 8th grade I became horribly lonely and had literally no friends, which meant Harry was my only friend back then. I don’t know how I would have went on without him. And for that I’m forever thankful.

In 9th grade, I was reunited with my former Potterhead friend, and I also made some new nerdy, bookwormy friends. We quickly made them read the books, and they were fans. The next year, which was sophomore year, we became very close friends and had our own Potterhead group on Whatsapp. It was really fun; until we all faced some serious personal problems and there were huge, disastrous  conflicts that resulted in the demise of said group and a strained relationship between some members. It still hurts, and I wish we could go back to how we were, but I’ve moved on. Now’s not the time to go into detail with this.

So anyway, in the summer before that sophomore year, when all was well, my friends read Harry Potter and I decided to rereread them too, this time in English. I couldn’t afford the books, so I had to borrow them again, and it was really a great experience. I waited for everyone to be asleep to take out my book and start reading until I slept. It felt nice rediscovering Harry’s adventure in their original language.

However, when I got to the seventh book, I stopped because I wanted to ‘wait until my friends get to that book and we’ll read them together’. That was a dumb decision because by the time my friends got to it, I had somewhat lost interest and couldn’t get past the first few chapters.

I still rewatched all the movies (not even rewatched, half of them I had never seen/didn’t remember at all) and the last one made me cry a lot as I already have stated countless times before.

Retrospectively, I wish I hadn’t rushed into the books and read them so early and so quickly. I was 11 when I started them, and 11 when I finished them. Everyone else had also started at 11, but had to wait whole years to read the following books, so in a way they grew up with Harry. And by the time they reached the seventh book, they were old enough to understand the full impact of it. I wasn’t. I read the whole thing within 6 months. The movies left me unfazed. It wasn’t until I rewatched the last movie last year that I made an emotional connection with Snape, for example. Before, I couldn’t understand at all why he was considered brave. Now, however, he’s one of my favorite characters.

Fast forward one year later (a.k.a pretty much today). 

I FINALLY HAVE THE BOOKS!!!!

This is how I acquired them all:

Book 1+3+4: Gifts from my friends on my birthday. They’re the Septembre 2014 Bloomsbury editions and they look splendid; they even have a Hogwarts map in them! But the covers are too revealing for new readers – they show the basilisk scene in book 2, the patronus scene in book 3, and the forest scene between Harry and Voldy in book 7 (wtf?)

Book 2: Gift from a friend on Teacher’s Day because I had been tutoring him. That was really nice of him, and it was my very first Harry Potter book and I couldn’t believe my eyes and it considerably cheered me up because it was during the time the ‘conflict’ I talked about earlier was taking place. It’s the first Scholastic edition, from September 2000.

Book 5: I had bought a discounted adult version at a book fair for 10$, but the same friend (the one who got me Book 2) brought me the American version (same version as Book 2) on my birthday; and I don’t know why because he apparently already knew I had that book. Anyway, I decided to keep the one he gave me because it’s the same edition as the second book and its cover is more harrypotterish. The other one did not look like a Harry Potter book at all.

Book 6+7: I can’t believe how lucky I was to get these hardcover Bloomsbury first editions! They were being sold at a bookyard for 3$ EACH! Can you believe this?! They look absolutely perfect and they have this sacred quality to them. If I happen to find hardcovers of the other books at such prices I’m definitely buying them. I especially want the fourth and the fifth, even though I now have two of it.

Here’s a pic of all of them together:
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My little babies :’)

So now I am rereading them all. I’m almost done with the second book, it feels so great to read actual physical copies that belong to me only. I suspect that I will rererereread them in the future, and that time I think I’ll be carrying a pen and a ruler, highlighting my favorite quotes and moments, adding notes; that is if I have the heart to do it.

And so my tale with the Boy Who Lived is told, I hope you enjoyed it and that you could partly relate with it. Let’s hope this special relationship will live on! 😀