When the Harry Potter Craze broke out in Germany I was about 19. I thought it was just some marketing success story, with lots of stupid merchandise and no real meaning to it. Hogwarts is my home But I didn’t want to judge, I didn’t want to have a negative opinion without having even read one of the books.
Hogwarts is my home collection
So I bought the first book (“Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen”) and it just lay there on my book table for several weeks. Right after Christmas, almost exactly 17 years ago, I had a boring afternoon and just because I didn’t have anything better to do I started reading it. Couldn’t stop all day, read well into the night until I finished the book. The next morning, I went to the store and bought books two, three and four and finished all of them as quickly as I could. Hogwarts is my home Since then, I’ve read all of the books in German and English (just started the first one in Japanese) and I’ve listened to all of the audio books read by Stephen Fry every year! Harry Potter has influenced me more than anything else, and it continues to give me joy!
It teaches you so much, it just makes the world a better place! Each time I listen to it, I discover new things, I realize something new, and as I get older I have new perspectives on the same story. But instead of becoming someting childish, it just deepens. A new layer of meaning opens up. I am a teacher myself now and the teachers in Hogwarts are actually role models for me (I know how that sounds ^^, but it’s true). I am always so happy when I see my students reading Harry Potter! I know it will show them that being open minded and compassionate is better for you, for the people you love and for the world in general. Thank you so much, J.K. Rowling, for this incredible gift!
Choose your favorite color and have a nice day
I hated reading, being read too even. My dad came home with this book that looked huge for a eight year old girl! He sat me down. Told me this is now your bed time story. When he started reading I remember thinking what jerks these people are. By the time Harry got on that train I was completely hooked, and needed to know more about this magical world. Now I’m 27, make WAY to many Harry Potter jokes, and even have a “Always” tattoo on my side. Best part? I got to share all these memories with my 8 year old daughter, just like my dad did with me.