Monday 31 May 2010

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts, Teach Us Something Please!

Like anyone else, I've been obsessed with Harry Potter ever since I read the Philosopher's Stone when I was eight years old. Back then, in the Mists Of Time, the Harry Potter books were seen as an endurance test - Read the Harry Potters, and you had ultimate bragging rights. But we were eight then. Plus, there was only six people in my class at school, so I didn't have much of a challenge. But, as Dumbledore met McGonagall in Privet Drive, and as Dudley Dursley learned a new word (Shan't!), I fell in love.

Oh no. This is so cliche! I hate being cliche or mushy, as you might know. Especially when it's on paper, or HTML in this case, and you can't see me saying it. But I'm going to try to avoid it. I have to get my message across!

Anyway, I soon won my bragging rights within a month or so, even though Half-Blood Prince wasn't published yet. And I loved the books, just like them everyone else. But then Deathly Hallows came, and I stood in line and bought it at midnight in my local Dubray's, and then, seven hours later, it was over.

The ending is fantastic. I don't care what anyone says, if Voldemort and his Death Eaters had won the Battle of Hogwarts, everyone would send Rowling all the Howlers they could find. Did I mention I read Deathly Hallows in seven hours? I like to brag about that to people.

Since then, I've been re-reading a couple of times a year, but it was only when I was reading them again last week, when everything hit me. The pure love drenched into the books, for Harry, Ron and Hermione, for the drama, the danger, the romance, the wit, the mystery Hogwarts and Company brings to your life. I know I'm reading way too much into this, but it's not like I'm going to start writing for the Leaky Cauldron soon. I'm not that obsessive, but I have to give credit to those guys, they are fantastic! Hooray!

And do you remember the National Movie Awards last week? National as in Britain, I mean. I was watching it too, and remember how the Harry Potter movies won the Special Recognition award, because they had done so much for promoting the British film industry and giving work to almost all Britain and Ireland's great actors, as well as being great films? (And no, I don't care what anyone says - I LIKE THE HARRY POTTER FILMS!) They made a fifteen minute video featuring clips from the films and people saying how brilliant they were, and they were quite right. So right, I cried watching it.

Oh no! I can't believe I typed that! But it's true. I did cry. And then I read a bit of Order of the Phoenix.

So, what am I trying to say? ...Now that I think about it, I'm not sure. This was just such a revelation for me, and nobody else I know reads the Harry Potters, which is amazing I know, but it's true. One thing I do know is that there'll probably be some HP themed posts up here soon...



P.S. Isn't that picture up there so CUTE!


AnnaMcGarry said...

Nobody you know reads HP?? Thats just... shocking!

Ace-Of-Aoife. said...

I like the Harry Potters, still. I like them alot. Like, ALOT.

XxLadyBugxX said...

I have an unhealthy love affair with Harry Potter books!I cried in the last two books!! And every time I reread them to!