How Has Harry Potter Impacted Your Life?
As September draws to an end, so too does my 30 Days of Harry Potter challenge. It seems only fitting to bring it to a close with a reflection on how Harry Potter has impacted our lives. The first book in the series, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was published in June 1997 – that means the series celebrates its 20th birthday in a few months time! Yet we still talk about it almost every single day. From that small initial print run of just 500 copies, the series has turned into a multi-faceted industry with theme parks, movies and every type of merchandise imaginable!
Not only that, but it has impacted the lives of so many people around the world! It taught a generation to fall back in love with books. It taught us the value of love and friendship. It encouraged us to never give up and it encouraged us to believe in magic!
For me personally, Harry Potter has gotten me through some of the hardest times in my life. I was late to the series. I didn’t start reading them until I was 21 years old and by that time there were four books out and number 5 was just getting ready to be published. I feel like I really missed something. I feel like if I had been reading those books from the age of 15 I would really have gotten through some issues a great deal better than I did. That probably sounds silly, especially if you are not a Harry Potter fan, but it is true. Even beginning the series at age 21 I found Harry and Co getting me through some tough times. I am 35 now and Harry Potter is still my go to on a bad day. You will find me in bed with hot chocolate in a Harry Potter mug, wearing Harry Potter jammies and watching the movies back to back.My wardrobe and jewellery box are full of Harry Potter items. So is my planner. It has leaked into every single aspect of my life.
Harry Potter will be in my heart. Always.