I Am A Potter Geek

Last Sunday, it was the end of  an era for me when I watched the last of the Harry Potter movies. I started being hooked on Harry Potter when my sister introduced it to me back in 2001. I clearly remember that it was around Halloween. She was done with the first book and I had nothing to do so fine, I read it, too. I really did not give it much thought at first. Come on, what's so special about a little boy who has magic? I guess I spoke too soon as the moment I turned those pages I was sold.

I remember running to the bookstore to buy the succeeding books when I finished the first one. I had to go to Ho Chi Minh City that time and guess what kept me company - my Harry Potter books. It was definitely a point of conversation. My boss then knew about the books as her wife read it to their sons. At the airport, I saw people with their heads down reading Harry Potter. The lady who checked us in at our hotel in HCMC  recognized the book which I had to put down at the counter as I had to sign my name in the hotel card.

Oh, and I would reserve ahead of time when the new books would come out and I would bring them around with me despite the size and weight. 


The popularity of Harry Potter was phenomenal. When Book 6 came out, I was reading it slowly - yes, I love my books - then it happened someone told me the ending. I was furious. So furious. That when the final book came out, I locked myself at home and would not come out until I finished the entire book. I got to practice speed reading then.

The books were made into movies. I was skeptical. I have and will always love the book more than the movie adaption. But I admit, it was great seeing the characters come to life on the big screen. When I read the books now, I have the actors playing the characters in mind now. 

I prefer Harry Potter over Twilight for so many reasons. J.K. Rowling is one excellent writer. I enjoyed reading each of her book and she transported me to this whole new world of wizards and witches, and where non-magic people are called muggles. I feel for little Harry who was orphaned at such a young age. Who would've thought he was some sort of superstar in the magic world?

Oh boy, I shed so many tears from reading the Harry Potter books, I felt every emotion. Last Sunday as I watched the last movie, I was teary-eyed as I bid farewell to Harry Potter and the gang.

Thank you, J.K. Rowling for keeping me entertained for 10 years. From a single mother, who used to write her books in a Starbucks store, she is now the richest woman in Great Britain even surpassing Queen Elizabeth. 

 I leave you with this tweet from Emma Thompson, apparently a statement from THE Stephen King --

"Harry Potter is about doing what's right in the face of adversity. 
Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend." 



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