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Hogwarts is My Home

Ever since the first Harry Potter book came out in 1997, the whole world has been captivated by J.K. Rowling’s intricate plotline and the magical world she created.
It’s honestly hard to remember a time where I wasn’t absolutely in love with everything to do with Harry Potter. I was around the age of eight when I first read the books, around the year of 2004. At first, I wasn’t going to read them, to be honest. I got them for Christmas and they sat on the floor in my bedroom for a few months before I first decided to pick them up. And that was definitely the best decision I have ever made.
As soon as I read the first chapter of the Sorcerer’s Stone, I was hooked. I wanted to be a part of that magical world; I wanted to be told “You’re a wizard” and receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter on my 11th birthday. I wanted to walk the streets of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade and attend Hogwarts. There was nothing more I wanted.
J.K. Rowling’s words had taken me captive, and weren’t letting me go any time soon. I was amazed by the world she made and the characters she pulled out of her mind. The fact that one person was able to do that is absolutely amazing. I wanted to be able to do that. I wanted to write books and create a whole new world of my own. The way I was able to escape from the world and enter a different world just by opening a book…I wanted to do that for someone else. I wanted to string words together and create a new place filled with new people and tell a story. I thought it was the best thing anyone could do with their imagination.
I became obsessed with reading as I got older. I just kept reading and reading. Since I read so much, I decided to use it to my advantage and create my own book review blog. Bookberdblog.com has been running since October of 2009 and I love it so much. I love talking about books as much as I love reading about them. I love giving my opinion on the plotlines of different novels and book series. I plan on writing and publishing my own book one day.
Growing up with these books definitely shaped my childhood. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I did not have these books. The Potter books are not just about Harry’s journey to defeat the Dark Lord, Voldemort, some of the biggest life lessons and very important topics are discussed in these books. Alongside Harry, we learn the true meanings of loyalty, friendship, sacrifice and love. We see the battle of good versus evil. We learn that to find out what a man is like, look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. We accept that death is the next great adventure. We explore topics such as gender, race, social class and prejudice. We are taught that it is not good to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
The faces of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are not only the faces of my favorite characters, but they are also the faces of my childhood. I grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione. Seeing them moving on and doing different things, even if it is just going to college, kind of represents the ending on my childhood, in a way. I saw Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and finally realized there are going to be no more movies. He moved on. I guess it’s time for me to grow up now…
It’s weird to think that this whole phenomenon wouldn’t have happened if J.K. Rowling didn’t get the idea to write a magical fantasy about a boy named Harry on the train from Manchester to London in 1990. I don’t even want to think of what my life would be like without Harry Potter in it.
No matter what anyone says to me, Harry Potter is not over. It will never be over. The legacy will live on. Harry Potter is a story I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Harry will forever live in my heart and the hearts of children, teenagers and even adults all around the world. J.K. Rowling will continue to be an inspiration. People from all over will continue to read the books and watch the movies.
And I know that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home.


Comment from Cheryl
Time August 1, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Bri, Your writing about what this book series has meant to you was very honest and touching, You REALLY have a way with putting your thought and feelings into your writing. Love Mom