As the last days of summer turned into the first days of school, I picked up my collection of Harry Potter books. I didn't read them all front to back. Mostly I read the beginning. And the end. And sometimes more than half. I know these books. I have lived these books.
I remember years ago when I picked up Sorceror's Stone to read aloud with my children. I found it horrible. The poor boy lived in a closet. This was not entertainment. So I put the book aside. For six months, maybe a year. I picked it up again to read to my children...
and I fell in love. With Harry. And Hermione. And Ron. I wanted to go to Diagon Alley. I wanted to be a Hogwarts student. I loved this world that JK Rowling had created and I wanted to be a part of it.
I'm not crazy obsessive about it. I don't dress as the characters or go to conventions. My love is deep and abiding, however.
I spent a bit of time on Pinterest, pinning Potter related things that made me smile. Here are some of my favorites:
A little Wonder Pets humor.
My second favorite book series.
I still cry every time Dobby dies. Every single time. And again when Harry buries him.
Not as much as I cry when George dies. I love the Weasleys the most of all.
And my favorite given my family's love of Friends:
Over Labor Day weekend we intended to have a 1985 movie marathon but after Breakfast Club, we realized we'd seen The Goonies the weekend before and we practically have Back to the Future memorized, so we decided to start a Harry Potter marathon. Oh my word, the actors were young when the series started. I still prefer the books to the movies but it's always fun to see the words come to life.
Speaking of coming to life, here's me in Hogsmeade:
That's a frozen butterbeer. You'll notice I'm wearing my Maurader's Map lanyard. I could have sat in Hogsmeade for hours. I could not ride the ride. I tried once and was so nauseous afterwards. My motion sickness got the best of me (and I'd even taken Dramamine). Still, I'm dying to go visit Diagon Alley in a year or two at Universal Resort. It will make this Potter fan's heart happy (and I'll let Dan ride The Mummy while we're there and he'll be happy, too).