How I loved Potter
by Hannah Bander
For years I would never read Harry Potter. When I was a little kid, my biggest goal in life was to create a book series that would be more popular and successful then the Potter books. I don't know what ticked me off about them, I never read them and I've always liked magic and adventure.
Maybe it was the fact that everyone loved them that I didn't read them. Throughout my elementary grades I absolutely despised them. The kids in my class at school would have a Harry Potter club, and I just could not understand what all the hype was about. When my classmates told me what they were doing I simply rolled my eyes and said 'oh' in a rude tone.
When I reached sixth grade, I finally sat down and read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I absolutely loved it. But just how Aunt Petunia wanted to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a child when Lily got her letter, but the many, many years of pretending being normal was the good way to be as an adult, she stared to believe it.
So after all the years of hating the Potter series, even after I read the book, I just couldn't let all my years of hatred go. So throughout sixth grade I continued to (now pretend) hate Harry Potter, now with a reason saying I tried and failed to like the books.
After the summer I sort of forgot all about Potter as my hatred for them decreased, and it stayed that way through all of seventh and most of eighth grade. During the last couple of weeks of eighth grade before summer started, my brother who was almost eight read the first Harry Potter book. He loved it so much and wanted to watch the movie. So when he watched it so did I.
Even though I didn't care for the books, I still hadn't seen it from my attempt to read the Sorcerer's Stone from years earlier. Anyway, how bad could a movie be? Well, watching that movie turned my attitude completely around. I was really intrigued, so having read the first book and having just seen the first movie, I decided to read the Chamber of Secrets. I read that in one day, and LOVED it.
By now it was that two weeks after school ends and before camp starts. So I read Harry Potter from morning until night every day. So after Chamber of Secrets I went on to Prisoner of Azkaban, seeing the movies for the books along the way. In just two weeks, I had read the whole Harry Potter Series from front to back. I was obsessed. And this time I didn’t hide it.
I was really looking forward towards Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. And now, I've read the whole series three times.
For me, the Potter series is more than just books, it's a genius work of art. Everything ties in together so nicely and all is complicated but makes perfect sense. Potter is amazing, and all the credit really goes to the person behind it, J.K Rowling.
Without her, there is no Harry, and without Harry there isn't anything. My favorite part about the books is probably the Hogwarts houses. They have helped me realize who I am, and helped get to know myself better. Just by taking sorting hat quizzes, I know who I am. I know it sounds silly that something from a book can do that, but my friends have taken sorting hat quizzes too, and I was surprised to hear how many questions they said 'I don't know' to. They didn't know themselves.
I consider myself a Gryffindor, and whenever if ever I feel scared (yes, Gryffindors feel scared to sometimes) I tell myself that I am a Gryffindor, and that helps me feel stronger. Without Harry Potter, my life really would be different. I don't think I would be as aware of myself, and one thing's for sure, the whole world would be missing out on a super duper awesome series of books and movies, and really a thousand times more stuff than that.
I consider myself an expert on Harry Potter. Anyone who hasn't read Harry Potter doesn't know what they're missing. Even though I've only been reading and involved in Harry Potter for a few months, I feel connected, like I've been reading them my whole life, because that's the power of Potter.