It’s Wednesday which means it’s a #BringBackPaper day here! If you missed last week’s, do pop and take a look as it includes this year’s activities and details of the Read Write Create challenge, along with this month’s Happy Mail project.
Today I’m asking, have you read the Harry Potter books, or have you given them a wide berth due to all of the hype and popularity? Well, Sian from The Adventures of a Potty Mouthed Mummy avoided them for some years, and she shares her story with us here…..
For years, I was completely dismissive of the entire Harry Potter book collection (and the movies and all it entailed).
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out in 1997, when I was a wee dot of 14. All around me everyone at school had the book, was talking about the book. I had a mild fascination but soon I felt a revolsion towards becoming a sheep. I have never been comfortable jumping on a band wagon simply because everyone else does. By the time the first movie was released, it seemed Harry Potter had taken over the world and I was firm in my stance that I would never read the novels.
Let us then fast forward to 2014. The year that I picked up and read not just the first Harry Potter book, but all seven of them in quite quick succession.
What changed in my mind?
Well the thought of my little H one day wanting to read the books, of having an interest in the books and me not liking them for no reason other than the fact they were too popular. So I decided to give it a go. To try and see what so many people were in love with.
I didn’t have much hope when I picked up the first book. I was a 30 year old mother of one. Harry Potter is an 11 year old wizard. There didn’t seem much likelihood that our lives would in anyway hold similarities or anything I would enjoy.
So there I was, picking up the first novel without much expectation that I would make it to book number two. I am a fast reader, much to my husband’s amusement. When I enjoy a book, I can’t put it down. When I love a book I do things like: walking along the train platform when reading, staying up far too late to finish “just one more chapter” and trying to find any spare moment to read more. I finished the first book within one day. I read the entire collection within the space of 18 days. And after reading the final book, I wept. Both because of the ending but because it was over, I would never be able to experience Harry Potter for the very first time ever again.
For Christmas, my husband bought me the entire collection. I had borrowed copies when reading the first time round and when I love a novel, I have to own it. I am now leisurely re-reading my way through the seven novels again. I have to admit that I have become somewhat obsessed with the world of Mr Potter.
There’s a scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
“Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.”
? J.K. Rowling
And this is how I will feel forever about the Harry Potter books. They have taken a firm place in my heart. Some people have laughed at me and will most assuredly laugh at this. Most of these people are probably people who cannot appreciate the true beauty in reading and that is fine. But Harry Potter will forever be one of my greatest loves. It has captured me. That is the power of a good book (or seven good books)! If you’re not a reader, you won’t know that feeling and there is no way for me to explain it. But the feeling from reading books that take over your heart; well there simply aren’t many feelings like that in the world.
Reading Harry Potter has given me a new love and it will forever teach me never to be put off anything simply because everyone else loves it.
I will hope patiently that my little guy one day reads them and loves them as much as I. But if he doesn’t then that is also fine. Maybe one day he will wake up as a 30 year old man and suddenly want to read them, just like his mummy did.
Thank you, Sian. This definitely resonates with me, as I do know what it is to carry a little piece of a book with you. It draws you in and it changes you in some small way. I am the opposite, though, with popular books, as I want to know what all of the fuss is about so I have to read them. Which means that I read Harry Potter many years ago now, and thoroughly enjoyed them, and it also means I read 50 Shades of Grey – now there I can tell you that you are not missing anything!
What about you? Are you a Potter fan? Or have you had a similar experience with other books?