What does it mean to me??
Now… I’m going to get a bit crazy, maybe a little serious and deep but let’s see how it goes…
Harry Potter has made me who I am today……..a crazy ass fangirl! Harry Potter is what got me into reading in the first place. I hated reading when I was younger, I loathed it!! I was a maths kinda girl and I loved my films (I still do — massive film nerd). But Harry Potter was different; JK Rowling took me into another world I didn’t know could exist and opened up my imagination to the possibility of being a witch. I loved the thought of going to a charms lesson, reading Hogwarts: A History, being deducted point for talking in class from Professor Snape, I loved the whole idea. Harry Potter was the one way where I could escape from reality and go into this fantasy world, and I wasn’t alone. There are millions just like myself, who fell in love with the franchise and that is my fandom family. They except me for who I am (a Ravenclaw muggleborn witch)- even people you haven’t met yet physically, can still be family.
Harry Potter was there for me…..always…..when I was ill, bored or when I needed comfort from my reality. Earlier I said I hated reading when I was little…well it’s true, I would avoid it at all costs, but when I was 15 I had , looking back on it, ridiculous school drama with two students. I’m not going to get into it because that would be wrong and petty of me, but luckily I had amazing true friends who looked after me and took me under their wing but I was still upset and needed that escape. So I turned to my bestie – who was always there in my time of need – good ol’ Hp. – but instead of watching his journey, I decided to read it and I couldn’t have been happier with that choice. It allowed me to lose myself in a book having more personal connections with the characters and stories. I also found myself becoming happier and becoming more……me.
Harry Potter is a huge part of my identity now, I have been to the Warner Bros Studio three times, each better that the last. The third time I was able to go with my best friend – who was there for me and is a loyal Hufflepuff, it was honestly the best day of my life and the best 18th birthday anyone could ask for. I have been to Kings Cross platform 9 and 3/4 plenty of times. I am decked out in Hp Merch and gear – Hogwarts bedding, Luna poster signed by Evanna Lynch, Hogwarts bomber jacket, ravenclaw pillow, 2 scarfs – one quidditch and one house scarf – and so much more. If I named everything, this post would be waaaaayyyy too long! But this obsession has become a big part of my life. JK Rowling is a big part of my happiness and I couldn’t thank her enough for that. There are loads of meaningful, inspiring and relatable quotes created by Jk Rowling, the queen herself, but there are two that stand out to me all above the rest;
“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”
“Whether you come back by page or screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Thank you JK Rowling and Harry for the best years of my life – finding myself and my happiness. You will never die and your stories will live on forever.
Thank you for reading hope you enjoyed a small part of my Harry Potter craziness!