Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What does Harry Potter mean to you?

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I know not everyone here is a Potter Head, but I know some of you are.  My sister and I recently had a very heated discussion over why Harry Potter is important to me, and I had a tough time putting it to words.  So, lucky you gets to read it.  :P

Harry Potter has been a part of my life for about the last 10 years, like many people.  I read the books, I saw the movies, I enjoyed them.  The books inspire me, they transport me away from the worries of life and into a whole new world in a way another book has never done.  I feel as invested in the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione as I do anyone's.

But the biggest impact Harry Potter made on me was through J. K. Rowling and her rags to riches story.  I've shared before some of the similar experiences I've had in my life, and nothing inspires to keep going more than to know that she pulled through it all.  Heck, she did way more than pull through.

The thing is, Harry Potter is more to me than a story.  It's what inspired me to gather up my courage and write a book.  It's what inspires me to continue writing books.  When I get down in the dumps, it's Harry I turn to.  (I know I'm a little crazy.  I accept that.) 

At the end of the day though, my sister still shrugged and said, "Meh, I still don't get it.  It's just a movie."

Which is when I bashed her head into a wall.  Not really.  But I may have daydreamed about it.  Because it's way more than "just a movie" to me.  Harry Potter is a symbol of all the struggles I've been through in my life, and of all the hope I have for my future.

What about you?  What does Harry Potter mean to you?

2 comments:

Sophie said...

I've had the sane argument with my friends and family as well. They only see Harry as a fictional character who wanders away at the end of the credits. To me though, the story doesn't end there. When the book is closed and the film is over Harry still enlightens the hearts of millions. It's not 'just a book' to me. It has proved time after time that good conquers evil, that friendship over powers and those you least expect will over come. I've had quite a few struggles in my life, I never had many people to turn to but I always knew I could turn to Harry. It's hard for me to explain the impact the series has had on my life. I do know that just because the series is done, the fans are from it. (:

Sophie said...

I've had the sane argument with my friends and family as well. They only see Harry as a fictional character who wanders away at the end of the credits. To me though, the story doesn't end there. When the book is closed and the film is over Harry still enlightens the hearts of millions. It's not 'just a book' to me. It has proved time after time that good conquers evil, that friendship over powers and those you least expect will over come. I've had quite a few struggles in my life, I never had many people to turn to but I always knew I could turn to Harry. It's hard for me to explain the impact the series has had on my life. I do know that just because the series is done, the fans are from it. (: