Thursday, February 4, 2016

Harry Potter Book Night - A Night of Spells

Happy Harry Potter Book Night! I hope you're out celebrating at one of the oh, so many parties happening and enjoying everything Harry Potter! I had hoped to attend an event at my favourite bookstore, but alas, tickets were snapped up faster than you can say "Nargles!" So I'm celebrating by reading the lovely illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone! My pretty!

I figured as another celebration I'd write a little about Harry Potter and my love for this amazing series! I'm sure many of you share this love. For me, it's all about the magic and emotion of these books. They're fantastic, full of spells, creatures and so many wonders! What stole my heart though is the fact that love is the most powerful magic of all. The friendships and loyalty illustrated throughout the series are beautiful. Hope can get us through everything. These books fill me with such joy whenever I read them, even after so many re-reads! They never lose their magic.

I share Harry Potter with many of my friends. I first heard about this series when I was 17 years old. The fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was just about to be released and a few of my friends and family members were going on and on about the series, trying to get me to read it. Of course, 17 year old snobby, know-it-all me refused because "they're for children" but one friend wouldn't give up and gifted me Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for my 18th birthday. A couple of days later I decided to take a break from writing an essay and figured I'd read a few chapters. Yeah. Big mistake. I read it right through and then went to the nearest bookstore and bought the rest of the series, proceeding to read them one after the other. I handed that essay in late, obviously. And that friend and I are still great friends all these years later. She is both loved and blamed for this obsession of mine to this day. She's very proud of it. When I think of the Harry Potter related memories I have of friends I always smile. We've dressed up for book and movie releases, talked for hours about characters and possible plot points, gifted an unimaginable number of Potter themed presents! Another friend surprised me with a Harry Potter themed party for my 30th that was just brilliant. She planned it so well. The night before I received a plush owl and, finally, my Hogwarts letter! On the day I had to dress up in my Slytherin uniform and I was driven to a secret location - her house - where I made my way through a floating candle lit room, escaped a Dementor, and passed through Platform 9 & 3/4 before being greeted by fellow Hogwarts students (my friends), the Weasley's (my friend's family), even Dobby, Hedwig and a Golden Snitch (the babies were dressed up! So cute!). Oh, and Voldemort (my Mum)! I loved that everybody dressed up. It made it so special. That's what Harry Potter has and always will be - something special.

I've traveled so far for Harry Potter. When the 6th and 7th books were released, and many of the movies, I was living in a small rural town that had no bookstore or cinema. I would organise holidays to coincide with releases so that I could be there the moment the books were released or on the opening days of the films. I would never allow the chance to be spoiled! I traveled to Sydney to attend the Harry Potter Exhibition - it was literally get off the plane, enjoy the Exhibition, get back on a plane. But it was worth it! I was also lucky enough to visit London in 2009 and visit many of the places the movies were filmed. Unfortunately I have been unable to get back to do the Harry Potter Studio Tour, nor will I get to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child next year, but someday, someday! I had hoped to visit Japan this year and explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, but that plan has changed. It'll happen next year now and I am beyond excited. I can't wait to see Hogwarts in the distance and try some Butterbeer! I love that there are so many ways to experience and enjoy the world of Harry Potter. Even though the series is over, it'll never, ever be entirely over.

So tell me about your Harry Potter experiences! How were you introduced to the series? What do you love about it? Have you done the tour or visited an exhibition? Will you be seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Are you part of Pottermore? What house would you be sorted into? On Pottermore I was sorted into Gryffindor, which shocked me. I figured for sure I'd be Hufflepuff! Though I usually choose Slytherin, when I can. I crushed on Draco (and Percy, actually) and I adore Snape. Oh, always. Always, always, always. Who is your favourite Harry Potter character? For fun tonight, I checked out the Bloomsbury Harry Potter site and took a quiz to see which character I'd be best friends with! I got Harry! I thought it'd be Hermione, as I was all about the books and reading, but Harry it is, and that's pretty sweet. If you take the quiz, who would be your best friend?

I think I could while away many hours having fun with Harry Potter related stuff on the internet. But I'm going to get back to my reading! Again, Happy Harry Potter Book Night!


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