So as quite a few of you will know I am a huge Harry Potter Fanatic. I didn’t exactly grow up with the release of the books or movies as I didn’t know about them much until I was about 8 or 9 years old. By then it was the year 2004, the first 5 books and the first 3 movies were already out. However I still see myself as one of the kids from the Harry Potter generation as I did manage to get in there to be one of the fans carting my mum and little brothers along behind me. At the age off 11 years old (patiently waiting for my Hogwarts letter at the time) to be first in line for the release of the 7th book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was rather exciting.
There were no midnight release close enough to home for me to go to, plus I highly doubt my parents would have let me stay up that late to go into the city to get it, so come 9am on July 22nd 2007 and I was the first person waiting in line for the final book at my local Whitcoulls in Bishopdale, Christchurch.
I can still remember the feeling today of what it was like being first in line, ahead of all these other teenagers and adults. I was so excited that mum even let me go in line by myself. I had heard on the news about kids across the UK and other parts of the world (who had gotten the book a bit before New Zealand) staying up to finish the book without putting it down. That made me determined that I would do the same. I stayed up until about 11pm but I still hadn’t finished it as I was soaking it all in. (And I knew that when I finished it my dad and brothers wanted to read it, even though it was MINE!) So my Aunty made me go to bed but the next morning I woke up early to finish reading it.
For a young kid who is a booklover, this was the most awesome thing to happen for me and I will never have an experience like that in my life again. This is what has made the Harry Potter books so special for me. I still love to read the books now, and I read (and watch) the whole series at least once a year. Actually, I remember that between 2007 and 2009 I probably ready the whole series about 4-5 times. My parents started to get a bit worried and actually took the books off me and only let me read one every couple of months. Seriously, that was a bummer and I was very disappointed, but as I now know, “Mother knows best”.
Reading these books nurtured my love for reading in general even more that I used to be so book obsessed that I could ready more than one book a day, and did so, for most of my childhood until I reached my last 3 years of high school. My friends and family would always give me book vouchers for my birthday so I could buy my latest favourite. (Well until I started being obsessed with my makeup and jewellery, of course). Was so happy this year to be given $100 worth of Whitcoulls vouchers and be invited to choose some books from this man’s fantastic, and overwhelming, library. It was seriously so awesome I actually squealed and my friends came rushing in to try and figure out what was wrong. Even them, not being bookworms, where so excited by this library!!
Anyway I seem to have gone off on a tangent here, but I think you can tell how much I love them. I am so looking forward to being able to introduce my future kids to Harry Potter, I may even try and convince my goddaughter, when she is older that she will be a Harry Potter lover and bookworm. (Well, actually I am still waiting for her to come into this world. Look out October! lol)
I am curious to know, are any of my readers big Harry Potter fans too? Where you, like 11 year old me, first in line for the release? Or did you maybe go to a midnight release somewhere? Please tell me your Harry Potter story in the comments!
Well I hope you have a great finish to your week. I’m off to work now!