We interrupt this blog post for an announcement that will shock the nation, send old men into hiding, and make young children cry (with glee).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one releases this Friday. I repeat, this Friday!
Who has their tickets? Me, me, I do!! Unfortunately, I don't get to go to the midnight showing *shakes fist at sky* as I have a Super Spawn that must be attended to. But I will be going Friday night...to the IMAX showing. HOORAY!!!!!
So, for today's post I want to know: Which Harry Potter book has influenced you the most, either as a writer or a reader, and how?
For me, it was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was, admittedly, the first book I read in the series. I had seen the movies, and loved them, but never picked the books up. When I picked this one up, my life was changed forever. Seriously. No melodrama intended. I fell in love all over again with the art of words. It drew me back to where I had been a few years before, back before a major life catastrophe. It was like finding a long lost friend.
So much happens in OOTP, and Harry is forced to deal with more than ever before. There's the betrayal he feels from Dumbledor, Ron and Hermione, there's always drama at Hogwarts, Voldemort is back, and then the unthinkable happens: JKR kills one of her lovelies.
I cried and cried and cried. I cry every time I read it, and every time I watch the movie. (It's my favorite movie out of all of them so far, so I watch it a lot.)
I'm not exaggerating at all when I say Harry Potter helped me find myself. Because he did. I've read the books over and over and over again through the years, and I'll never stop. He reminded me of my love for reading, my love for words, and eventually he led me back to writing.