Friday, January 14, 2011

Harry Potter Memories - Potter-Thon Challenge

I signed up to take part in Pure Imagination's Potter-Thon, and have been really looking forward to re-reading the series. I love the books, so I own the whole series...all of which are currently in a box in my old house in another state, waiting to be shipped here to my new home. I had thought my younger brother also owned the series, but I was wrong. So the week before last I visited my local library and placed each one on hold - I have book 2 and 7, but as I'm picky, I can't read them out of order! Book 1 is actually ready for pick up, but with the flood disaster that occurred here this week, I haven't been able to pick it up. The next couple of weeks are going to be full on Harry Potter days, I can tell! And I can't wait!

In the meantime, I thought I'd simply share some of my memories of Harry Potter.

I read The Philosopher's Stone for the first time in 2001, days after my 18th birthday. I'd heard about the series but hadn't been interested in reading it. So, in an effort to change my mind, one of my best friends bought me a copy as a present (to this day she loves that she 'converted' me!). I read it in one setting, and then went straight out to buy the next 3 books (Goblet of Fire had just recently been released), which I then proceeded to the detriment of my university studies. I handed an essay in late because of Harry Potter! I was hooked. I loved them, and still do to this day.

I remember keeping the above friend company during one of her lectures and reading GoF. I was nearing the end, and it turns out she wanted to see my reaction to a certain moment. See, I'd confessed to liking Cedric. You know which moment now, right? (I can't write it!) Well, she got her reaction. I believe I yelled "WHAT?! NO!" and then slammed the book closed in my embarrassment. Of course, I then had to attend my own lecture and wait to keep reading! Which is probably a good thing, seeing as I'm a crier. Ms. Rowling has been making me cry since!

I would count the days before the release of the new books. After uni I moved interstate, to a small town with no bookstore (or cinema), so I would save my money and take a holiday for the release of both the new books and the movies. My holiday would actually go on hold, in terms of the books, as I'd line up first thing at the bookstore, grab my copy, then lock myself away in my hotel room until I'd finished it. No phone, no TV, no internet - no spoilers! I even made the local news for the release of the 7th book, stating the same.

I dress up for the release of each movie as a Slytherin student (I have a crush on Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape). The same friend even bought me my very own authentic wand for another birthday, and I wield it with serious enjoyment. I really do love the movies, but I am disappointed by how much gets cut - certainly the books are much, much better.

When I visited London in 2009, one of the things I was determined to do was take a tour of the Harry Potter film locations. I spent a day with Black Taxi Tours driving around and outside London to see many Harry Potter sites. I saw Professor Slughorn's house and Lily and James's cottage; I stood under the tree where Mad Eye Moody turned Draco into a ferret; I touched the wall outside Professor Lockhart's office where Harry heard the basilisk; I peeked into Professor Quirrell's classroom; I visited the Infirmary, and King's Cross where I tried (unsuccessfully) to get onto Platform 9 and 3/ heaps more! It was an awesome day - despite my driver threatening to leave me on the side of the road because I refused to take off my Slytherin scarf.

These are a few memories I have of Harry Potter. As I re-read the books, I'm sure I'll share many more!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, your trip to London sounds amazing! Next time I visit I'll make sure to try some of the things you did. Oh and great costume, although I'm more of an Gryffindor. ;)