It is #HarryPotter20 and this is what Harry Potter means to me


Harry Potter changed the world and this series means a lot to us all. For #HarryPotter20, here is what it means to me and how it shaped me.

In June of 1997, the world was introduced to Harry Potter. He was a little boy with green eyes and a love for everything magic in his world. And soon we’d all be taken in by the magic that J.K Rowling created for us.

Harry Potter has been around for 20 years and that is something extremely important. Why? Well, that means it has been a part of a lot of people lives for longer than they can remember. For me, I was 8 when I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

I remember when Mrs. Q assigned us the book. It was before schools threw a fit about it all and she wanted us to read it before the movie came out. So she had us read it and I finished it in a day before moving on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Importance of this series to us all

There are some series that it doesn’t matter if your family knows you like it or not, it is just yours. In my family, that’s me with Harry Potter. My mom took me to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and let me cry and spend way too much money on merchandise because she knew I loved it.

It’s just something about this series that pulls you in and makes you feel at home. We all found a place for ourselves here and we didn’t have to support why we loved it. It was magic and we were on-board. It was as simple as that.

Hogwarts is always there to welcome you home

We all found a place in the world with Harry, Ron and Hermione. No matter what was happening in our personal lives, we found joy in this story. We could escape with Harry and his friends and it made us better people because of it.

J.K Rowling gave us the world and we accepted it with open arms. And we owe her an awful lot for everything she did for us all.

Next: Playing the “what-if” game: What if Harry Potter never went to Hogwarts?

Thank you, Jo. You gave us this floppy haired boy and we thank you for him. We’ll love you and Harry and this story for the rest of our lives. Always.