Harry Potter month

Finding comfort in Harry Potter

As you may have heard, Micheline and I are hosting Harry Potter month throughout the month of July – a celebration of all things Harry Potter! You can post about pretty much anything Harry Potter related, take part in the House Cup at any time throughout the month, and – new for this year – we have the Harry Potter readathon element!

I don’t tend to get personal on the blog, but I did want to give a little bit of an explanation as to why you may have noticed I haven’t been as active as usual throughout Harry Potter month.  Without going into too much detail, I’ve been having a tough few weeks and haven’t really felt like myself.  That’s meant a lot less reading, a lot less blogging, frankly, a lot less of doing-all-the-things-I-usually-get-excited-about.  In an effort to make myself feel better, I’m re-reading Harry Potter – and I’ll be spending some time with Harry Potter fanfics – because getting lost in the Harry Potter world always makes me feel better.  So this post is just a few thoughts on why really!

Escapism

The world in Harry Potter is huge.  From the first page you get absolutely sucked into the world that J.K. Rowling has created, and the real world – and whatever might be bothering you in it – just slips away.  While that’s true with any great book, somehow it’s more true with Harry Potter. I don’t know whether it’s because there are so many details in the books that you can find something new every time you read them, or because the world just continues to grow with time (through the films, fanfiction, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Studio Tour, the play, Fantastic Beasts…).  If re-reading the books isn’t enough to absorb you, you can get lost in the movies, or read fanfiction, or on Pottermore. There’s always more to find!

The characters feel like friends & Hogwarts feels like home

I think it’s safe to say that JKR has created a cast of characters we absolutely love.  From the Golden Trio to the Weasleys to Luna and Neville and the teachers, these characters feel like friends now.  Everytime I re-read the books, I fall in love with the characters even more, and I love getting to see them all grow so much between the first time we meet them and the end of the series.

Harry Potter has some amazing messages

From fighting for your friends even without a weapon to friends that stick together through everything to learning to find hope even when things look bleak, Harry Potter is full of inspiring moments.  When everything feels too sad or too tough in the real world, I can get lost in Harry Potter, and while the worst moments might leave me crying along with Harry and his friends, ultimately I know that things will work out, and I’ll feel better for seeing how the characters deal with everything life throws at them.

The Harry Potter fan community is awesome

Reading Harry Potter might be a pretty solitary activity, but there’s something comforting in knowing that somewhere in the world, someone else will be reading the books too.  There’s something awesome too, in knowing that while I’m reading alone, I’m earning House Points for Slytherin, and taking part in this event that you guys make awesome, every year, without fail.

3 thoughts on “Finding comfort in Harry Potter

  1. Yeah, there’s just something about Harry Potter that can lift my spirits even when I’m at my lowest. There are times I need/want to cry but I can’t and all I have to do is watch a HP video, or read a book and I’ll have tears running down my face. It helps with the release of my emotions. I love this little HP community that I stumbled across two years ago. I love that I see the same faces come back without fail every year, even if I haven’t scrolled through their blog recently. There’s something about Harry Potter that brings people together. I’m sorry for whatever you are going through, but know that you are not alone. I hope your read-through helps. 🙂

  2. I’m sending all my love your way my friend (and further to your comment on my blog: YES the two of us would have a rare Slytherin/GryffinPuff friendship. We already do 😉 )

    I agree with you 100000%. The world of HP just seems bigger than all the other fictional worlds. I don’t know why but it just does. The characters feel like beloved friends, the world feels like home and the inspiration I get from this series never ceases to amaze me ♥ Our fandom is the best fandom there is!

  3. I can totally relate to this. I just moved out of my parents house this week and I don’t know if I ever understood escapism until now. I read the first Narnia book yesterday because I hadn’t packed my HP books yet and, while it’s not my favorite, reading a children’s fantasy book was just what I needed. Now I have The Sorcerer’s Stone on the TV and I plan on starting the book soon.

    My favorite thing about the books is (like you said) Hogwarts and all the characters. I love those paragraphs that describe Hogwarts in the morning, sunny days by the lake, snowball fights in the courtyard, and Hogwarts at Christmas. It’s the slow moments and times in between the action that make my heart warm.

    I hope things get better for you and that you enjoy returning to the Wizarding world. Remember, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home <3

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