Now I know that pretty much everyone who doesn't live under a rock knows at least a little bit about this series but either way, I thought that this would be a wonderful series to cover for my first Series Sunday. Why do I think this will be a good series to cover?
One: Because Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone just celebrated its 18th birthday! It was originally published on June 26, 1997!
Two: Because even though its been 8 years since the last novel in this series was published and almost 4 years since the last movie was released, this fandom still remains strong
Three: Because Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be coming to movie theaters November 18, 2016 and us Potterheads are extremely excited to be immersed in this world once more.
Four: Because we now know that there is going to be a play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is most definitely NOT a prequel that will open in London next year.
And we all know that my reaction to the last two points looked something like this:
So what was it about the Harry Potter series that just did it for me? Well, I will be 100% honest and tell you that I hated reading. Yep, there I said it, I absolutely hated reading when I was younger. I found no interest in it at all and hated when teachers made us read for school. Then sixth grade came about and the first movie was in theaters. The movie really hadn't even been on my radar much, but as a family, we decided to go out for dinner, bowling, and a movie and what did we see, but Harry Potter. So sitting there in the theater with my family, things just really clicked for me. I saw Hermione, this smart and amazing girl who read books all the time, and for some reason, I wanted that for myself. I saw this whole entire world get brought to life right in front of my eyes and I realized that books have so much to offer me. There are so many worlds out there, just waiting for me and all I have to do, is open up the book and begin reading. For this, I will always be grateful of the Harry Potter series and all that it gave to me.
By that point, I was already completely hooked. I needed to read more, and suddenly that's just what I was doing. I was reading so much, and not just the Harry Potter series, but I also began reading Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, and so many others.
So a few things to address:
J. K. Rowling, I'm still waiting for my acceptance letter... its only 14 years late, but I'll forgive them
The friendships in this series are amazing! They are completely realistic and not without their flaws:
Because even though these pairings may not be my One True Pairing, I still can't deny them
And of course, all of the feelings EVER!
And because even with just ONE word our hearts are hit with all of the feelings
So do I think you should read/watch this series? Most definitely. This is one journey that I will never be sad that I went on. It filled me with so much happiness and sadness over the years and I really owe so much to it. Yes the movies don't always get it right, and yes it did make me mad sometimes, but they are still so amazing and beautiful and touching.
What are you waiting for, go and pick up the Harry Potter series now!
Until next Sunday:
To the brightest star in the sky- you are gone, but never forgotten