If you are like me and remember “where you were” when you read Harry Potter for the first time (3rd grade, in the bathtub) and are filled with a sense of joy then are you are not alone.
If you are like me and realize that the first Harry Potter book was published in 1997 and is now celebrating its 20 Year anniversary this summer are are filled with dreadful feelings of being old – then you are also not alone.
It is hard to believe that Harry Potter has been around for 20 years but not when you take into account the literary and cultural phenomena that it has become with seven novels, many smaller books and guides, a website, a play, blockbuster movies, and many many many toy wands and booger-flavored jelly beans for sale.
Today I am reflecting back on what Harry Potter means to me today and the sense of wonderment that I felt while reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (I had the British version of The Sorcerer’s Stone although I have NO idea why) as I read the entire thing in the tub even though the water had long grown cold. I re-read the entire series once every two years or so and I will admit that as I am now reminded of the 20 year mark, I think that will be my Summer goal.
🙂 Happy Reading.