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!
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.