I don’t like Harry Potter. I don’t think Harry Potter is “okay.” I don’t really like Harry Potter. I don’t even love Harry Potter. I really really really really adore the Harry Potter book series, the Harry Potter movies, Mugglenet, Pottermore, Harry Potter scholarly articles, Harry Potter critical essay books, Harry Potter podcasts, and the entire fandom, family, and culture of and surrounding Harry Potter. I have a Deathly Hallows symbol sticker on my car and I even have three Harry Potter tattoos. I have a Gryffindor scarf, a Hogwarts shirt, a Marauder’s Map coffee mug, a beautiful glass Hogwarts Crest mug, and all of this stuff:
My personal copies of the book series aren’t even in this picture. Those are safe in storage since I thought we would be moving and several of them are first print books. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is at my best friend’s house and it would be difficult to show you my audiobooks, my ebooks, my copies of many of the movie soundtracks, my wizard wrock albums, or my Harry Potter podcasts since all of that is digital. The light switch cover in my room is the quote that this post is titled after.
I am not and refuse to be ashamed of any of this. Over the past thirteen years, there have been many people who wanted to tease me for my intense passion surrounding all things Harry Potter. Just this week, an employee at Toys R Us was making jabs at me. I wanted to know where the Harry Potter toys were and was told that they don’t have any and that the truck had just come in that day, so they must not carry them. My response to this was to ask for the number to contact customer service. The woman on the other end of that call seemed to think that I was being absolutely absurd by asking that she alert corporate to the absence of Harry Potter merchandise in my local store. Excuse me, Toys R Us. I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Harry Potter is the highest grossing film series of all time. OF ALL TIME. How could you not carry any of the Harry Potter toys, action figures, or costumes? What is wrong with you people?!
Anyway, back to what I was saying before… I refuse to be embarrassed or ashamed of my love for a literary series and related material that has shaped the person who I am today, impacted the way I view the world, and taught me so much about life, the world, society, oppression, and strong female role models. I have decided that I am going to reread the entire series and make note of quotes that are significant to me or taught me important life lessons. I am then going to turn that into a blog and hope to do research on Harry Potter in relation to the moral development of adolescents in the future.
Check out these amazing websites and posts about things others learned from the Harry Potter series:
That’s all for now.