I don’t know about you but I read Harry Potter growing up and made sure to make the midnight release for at least one movie. I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan out there but the series definitely shaped my future reading and love of books over the years. My boyfriend and I were listening to the Binge Mode Harry Potter podcast yesterday morning. It was a recording of their recent panel from LeakyCon 2018. They started off their panel discussing their Harry Potter origin stories, how they came to know and love the series.
That got Keltin and I discussing it and I wondered how everyone else found Harry Potter and what influence, if any, it has had on you life. Here is my story:
To this day my stepmom loves audiobooks. She listens to them in the car on the way to and from work. She had Sorcerer’s Stone on cassette tape. I think Chamber was out by this point also. Anyway I listened to it and I think I was hooked (I was little so my memory is fuzzy). What I do know though is at some point the moment a book was announced I had it pre-ordered. I would have physical copies and the audiobooks. To this day I have two complete sets of the book and I’m slowly collecting the illustrated editions.
My boyfriend read the first couple in elementary school before stopping. When we started dating he read them all and is currently on his second read through.
One of my favorite origin stories though is a from the logistics professor at West Texas A&M. Dr. J had been listening to his kids and his students tell him that he needed to read the books for years. Then right after my friends and I graduated he finally read them and absolutely loved the story.
On the flip side of that one professor we had, our Shakespeare professor, used to love the name Hermione. This is a character in The Winter’s Tale. He said Harry Potter ruined the name. I will agree that Granger’s character now overshadows that of the queen from Shakespeare’s romance.
It doesn’t matter what age you start the story, it is always there to pull you in. Please share your Harry Potter origin story in the comments below. Have a great Tuesday.