I still remember receiving the first Harry Potter book as a child. I didn’t know anything about it. I had no idea that this story would be something I would cherish forever. I read them intently and I loved them all. But it is only now that I realise the true magic of the Harry Potter series. It was not the spells and charms that spilled from the pages, but the way that it has tinged my childhood with shades of excitement and delight.
Watching the movies and reading the books made me feel as though I was a part of something. That feeling of belonging and the happiness that comes from sharing the enjoyment of the story has not gone away. I still think of the friendship, the love and the determination of the characters. I still want to watch the movies over and over again on bad days just to feel better and I still treasure the books.
I have loved many, many books. I have even reread a few of my favourites. But it is so incredibly rare to have something so universally loved and adored as Harry Potter is. Thank you, J.K Rowling, for allowing those who needed to feel a little less lost, find a sense of belonging and hope in your books. Thank you for allowing that joy into the lives of millions. My childhood was a little brighter because of you.