I will never forget – well over a dozen years ago – when I bought the first Harry Potter book and read it.
At first it felt like a story fit for the name of Roald Dahl…for the first twenty or thirty pages, but then it quickly changed into something else: something I’d never read before.
I. loved. it.
I enjoyed this then little-known story so much that I bought copies for my sister and brother for Christmas that year; you’d never seen such disappointed looks on both their faces – which they both quickly tried to mask behind the obligatory, “Oh, this is great” and “Hey, I can’t wait to read this.”
In reality they both wanted to throw the book in my face and scream something like, “A children’s book? It’s Christmas and you go out and buy me a CHILDREN’S book? What in the heck kind of lame sauce brother are you anyway giving out a stupid gift like this at Christmas?”
Oh, how after reading they soon ate their words.
It ended up being one of the greatest gifts of all time.
Strange little friend, that thing called perspective…
I can remember a year or three later, my brother and I were reading the next few publications of the books during our college years in our apartment, each of us reading a different story and yet having some amazing discussions about the plot lines, characters, and our varied epiphanies about the people in them.
Boy, those were the good old days.
Which now brings me to the end of an era, a period of life where – like the final book of a few years ago – the final movie is now upon us.
The proverbial closing of yet another chapter in my life.
Has Harry Potter affected me?
To be honest, I find it hard to think of a world without Harry, Hermione, and Ron in it. A world without Hogwarts. A world without Dumbledore. A world without even Voldemort existing somewhere inside of it.
Has J.K. Rowling affected my life? Just like a horcrux.
By the way, it appears that Mindy and Justin were the two winners of the contest; now if they'd both send me an email letting me know the print they'd like, that would be great. Thanks everybody else for taking part in the contest.
Since Mindy's chosen post was the closest to the top, she is dubbed the first place winner and will therefore get two prints.
P.S. Tell you what, just because I'm cool like this...the first person's post to show up in the widget before midnight on Friday will be our third place winner (since we still haven't had one). Be sure to make a comment on the 'contest' post and let me know if yours shows up first. If it is when I check, you'll be our third winner.
Yeah, you're welcome...so now you better go and remind your friends to check your favorite post out.
And just because it made me laugh: