Let me tell you guys about my first love.
I was nine or ten, and my super progressive aunt who suggested progressive things asked if I had read these wildly popular books about some kid wizard called Harry Potter. No? I was a bit of a book elitist, and I didn’t like the idea of reading something everyone was talking about, thank you very much. Funny how wrong I was. I can actually vividly remember the day I caved, standing on the book aisle while shopping with my mom, and I reached up to grab Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to read the back cover.
I’m not joking when I say that no other action I have ever taken has changed my life as much as that one moment.
The Harry Potter books have helped me forge some of the greatest friendships I’ve ever had, they’ve inspired my passion for books and writing, they’ve given me that nudge to travel, and they’ve helped me cope with unimaginable losses. I owe so much to one woman and her bespectacled, messy-haired literary creation.
So naturally, when I saw Claire’s post on Bitches With Books about Book Journey’s Harry Potter Re-read, I knew I had to participate. I used to have a yearly tradition of re-reading the entire series, but it’s been a few years since I’ve done that, and that doesn’t sit well with me. I need to experience the magic again.
I will, of course, be participating as a Seventh Year (meaning I’ve read all seven books) and a Slytherin (because Pottermore said so; plus, my dad is a Slytherin, so it runs in the family, and even though I was conflicted about this at first because I thought I was a Ravenclaw for ten years, I get it. I identify as a Slytherin now. End tangent. Again.).
Imagine my delight when I realized that my roadtrip with two of my best friends to Universal Studios in Orlando to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter fell during the readalong. For two of us, this will be our third time seeing the Harry Potter side of the park (first time seeing Diagon Alley!), and for one of my friends, it’ll be her first time seeing any of it ever. Plus, it’s been 10 years since all three of us went to Universal Studios together for the first time. :) You guys. You just don’t know how excited I am. Hogwarts is my home.
I know I’m a few days late here, but that’s okay! I’m so stoked to be a part of this with you guys, and I hope you enjoy reading my posts over the next several months. :)