As some of you may be aware, tonight is Harry Potter Book Night! This is basically the most epic thing ever, and while I cannot attend an actual bookstore celebration, I can still enjoy the fact that there is a night dedicated to Harry Potter.
I thought I would celebrate tonight by posting about my experiences with Harry Potter, from the first time I tried to read it to the time I went to the midnight screen of the last movie dressed as Luna Lovegood.
It’s a bit long, and I apologize for that, but I didn’t have time to create multiple posts to schedule throughout the day.
I first read, or rather attempted to read, Harry Potter when I was nine. I vaguely remember liking it, but I had no idea what was actually going on (it was too advanced for me at the time). I saw the movies, and, of course, when Chamber of Secrets came out, I COMPLETELY freaked out.
I wasn’t allowed to go see Prisoner of Azkaban or Goblet of Fire after that.
I did however enjoy that thing they did at Movie World that time. We got to see the train, go through Diagon Alley, blow up a window using Expelliarmus (we’ll forgive them for their inaccuracy), walk through Hagrid’s hut, and see the giant spider up close (my sister and I closed our eyes for that bit).
We also got to buy stuff, and so it was that I obtained my first wand. (Actually, it’s only one of two wands that I own, but the other one is coming later). I also got a toy snitch.
This was also around the time you could buy those chocolate frogs, with the cards that moved. We almost collected a full set, and I still have mine.
When I hit high school (year 7) I decided it was time I started actually reading these books. I was about 12 at the time.
By the time book 7 did come out, I had read books 1-6 three times each. So, when I got my hands on Deathly Hallows (Mum got to read it first), I read it twice. I then read the whole series, 1-7, and then read book 7 again.
I had read the entire Harry Potter series four times in under a year. And I didn’t stop rereading the series until I got up to 8 readings. Since then I have expanded my reading greatly, and so I’ve only read the series 9 or 10 times all up.
During this time, I read all the Harry Potter I could find. Quidditch Through The Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were the easiest to get my hands on, as we already owned them. And then The Tales of Beedle the Bard came out, and I bought that the second I saw it.
I also discovered a book called Harry: A History, which was essentially about the history of the Harry Potter fandom. It was through this book that I discovered MuggleNet, LeakyCauldron and, most importantly, Wizard Rock, which quickly became my favourite style of music.
Favourite bands I found were Harry and the Potters, Ministry of Magic, Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office and Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls. I still listen to them today.
It was awesome.
I collected all the posters I could, cutting up newspapers and magazines, and I still have to walls of my room dedicated to Harry Potter posters (pictured).
When I went to see Deathly Hallows, I dressed up both times. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a proper robe until after all the movies were all out. However, I did have homemade spectraspecs, a cork necklace and a blonde wig (I didn’t make the wig), and so managed to successfully dress up as Luna Lovegood and win two movie tickets at Deathly Hallows part 2. (I beat the girl dressed up as Platform 9 3/4).
Of course, what would a Harry Potter fan be without a decent collection of Harry Potter Lego? A few years back we sorted through our massive box of general Lego, found all the Harry Potter bits and assembled the whole thing, practically from scratch. We didn’t want to tear it apart again, so it now lives in a display case.
Now, the Harry Potter exhibit was a few years ago (I can’t remember how long), but that was the place I got most of the things pictured. The spectraspecs and the cork necklace (left) were homemade, but the scarf, tie and Luna Lovegood wand were from the exhibit, as was the Sirius Black poster (right).
The time-turner key ring I got for my 18th birthday, along with my proper Ravenclaw Robe (which I didn’t take a picture of, sorry). The Deathly Hallows watch-necklace came from last years secret santa thing that I did.
The Deathly Hallows bookmark (the purple thing) my sister made for me in sewing class at school. Because she is awesome.
Basically, I’m running out of pictures (and patience), so I’m calling it a wrap here. If you are still reading this then well done. I have been typing for an hour, and wordpress has only crashed once (*applauds wordpress*).
So, I hope you have enjoyed this post about my love for Harry Potter, and if you haven’t read the books, go read them. Now.