HARRY POTTER – THE BOY WHO TAUGHT US TO LIVE
Some books you read. Some books you enjoy.Joanne Harris
But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul.
When I first started reading books, I instantly fell in love with the world of books. It was love at first sight. Or in this case love at first read. But little did I know that a day would come when I would come across a book that would swallow me up to heart and soul.
Those books were none other than Harry Potter by JK Rowling. And what better time to write about it than July- the birth month of Harry Potter and JK Rowling?
My journey with Harry Potter has been kind of weird. I am not one of those kids who discovered the magical world of Harry Potter when they were young. I am one of those unfortunate kids who thought Harry Potter was not meant for me.
One day when I was a kid I saw my cousin watching the Harry Potter movie. I have never been a movie buff and would not watch a movie unless someone asked me to. Yet, I sat with my cousin and started watching Harry Potter with him. Fifteen minutes and I did not understand a thing that was happening. I left him alone watching the movies. Had I known then that there were also books, would I have read them? Maybe. Maybe not.
Years passed, I grew up. I completely forgot about this incident and obviously about Harry Potter. I read many books. Mostly thrillers. But never did I once ever thought of reading the Harry Potter books. Then one day I met one of my colleagues, a book lover just like me, bragging about how much she loves Harry Potter. I remembered that one time I sat with my cousin to watch the movie, only to get irritated and leave because I did not understand anything. However, I made fun of my colleague saying how she can read a book that’s meant for kids. She instantly knew I have not read a single Harry Potter book. She gave me her copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone and just asked me to read it. I almost hesitated taking it as I knew I wouldn’t be reading it. But she insisted and asked me to read whenever I get time. Did I read the book after that? Obviously not. I was a girl who loved thrillers. I was not going to read some children’s book.
A few days later, I was browsing through my bookshelf and I saw that small 200 pages book lying somewhere behind my pile of thrillers. It was just that one moment when I let go of my apprehension of it being a kids’ book and thought maybe I could just give this one a try. Little did I know that I was in for a wonderful surprise that would change my life forever.
I started reading my very first book from the series, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
The first line of the first book of a world-famous book series that I had dreaded to read for almost my entire life. I read that first sentence and I was completely dragged into the Harry Potter’s magical world.
I have cursed the Dursleys for treating Harry badly. I have roamed the streets of Diagon Alley. I have found a home in Hogwarts, a role model in Hermione and true friends in Harry and Ron. I have laughed at Fred and George’s tricks. I have got irritated by Dobby and also cried my heart out at his death. I have loved Dumbledore and also questioned his ways. I have hated Draco only to end up with him being my most favourite characters. I have plotted ways with the Dumbledore Army to take revenge against Umbridge. I have fought the Battle of Hogwarts against the most feared enemy Voldemort alongside Harry, Ron, Hermione and the Order of Phoenix. I have loathed Snape the moment I first read about him only to realize that I have loved him – Always. I have cried over the deaths and rejoiced all the happy moments.
I have read and reread the Harry Potter series, the fan fiction and watched the movies number of times and can never get enough of it.
It was that day when I was 23 years old and said Harry Potter books are meant for kids. And it is today, at the age of 33, I proudly say you are never too old to discover a world that’s truly magical – a world that will become a way of your life. A world that will teach you how to live. A world of Harry Potter