This may sound totally clichéd, but I don’t care because the Harry Potter series are the only series that captured my heart as a child and still have not let go 18 years later.
When I think back to being at school, the Harry Potter books played a predominant part in them. I remember exactly where I was when I received each book, and where I spent most of my time reading them.
I was first given books one and two of the series by my Grandad when I was seven years old. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was at my Nanny and Grandad’s house and we were in the hall by the front door, and my Grandad was standing on the stairs. He said: “Laura, do you think you would be interested in these?” leaning down over the bannister to pass me Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I said “Oh yes Grandad, these look really good. Thank you very much” and I gave him and big grin. It sounds cheesy, but it is honestly what happened. And to use another cliché, they were literally the start of something magical.
When the Prisoner of Azkaban came out I remember my Mum giving it to me at home. When The Goblet of Fire came out, I was 11 years old. I was in year six and moving onto secondary school and we were each given a book token to spend on a book of our choice and of course I chose Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I remember reading it in my old room in bed and thinking just one more chapter even though I was really tired. I stayed up until the small hours.
It was a few years later when The Order of the Phoenix came out and I was in year 9. Practically everyone in my year had a copy and we would all sit round in our study (we had study rooms at my school) and read it during our breaks. I remember wanting to read as much as possible before anyone else as I was worried people who read faster than me would let slip what happened.
The sixth in the series came out after my GCSE’s and I spent a lot of the summer in the garden reading it and also read it on the beach when we went on holiday. And finally Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out when I was 18. I put of reading it for ages, because I knew that once I read it that would be it. There would be no more books in the series to look forward to. It also felt doubly sad as I was leaving school and moving onto university, so I was officially leaving my childhood behind. Thank God at the time there were still four more years of the films left, but they weren’t the same as the books.
I will never stop loving the Harry Potter series. I know I don’t rave about them and I don’t have tons of Harry Potter memorabilia, but they will always have a place in my heart. I will be passing them down to my niece when she gets old enough and hopefully if I have children one day, I will pass them down to them.
Hi! My name is Laura and as you may have guessed, I am an avid reader. As is the case with all book lovers, I have had my nose in books since I was very little. My nan has picture of me when I was two pretending that I could read it. I live in the south of England and I work in London as a Marketing Executive, so when I’m not working I’m either reading, on twitter, or writing my blog.
A big thank you to Laura for sharing where her heart belongs