My slight obsession with Harry Potter! (Contains spoilers)

Yes – I’m 40………(Fine, 41 now) but there’s something addictively alluring about the magical world of Harry Potter.  I don’t want to grow out of it and I think it will always be a part of my life.  I’m not a superfan but I love them!

It all started when I was on a short-term teaching practise and was asked to read a story at the end of the day.  This was well before the films and when there were only 2 books in existence.  I had never heard of the books and, starting from a mid-way point, I had no idea what I was reading about. But, I was hooked!  That weekend I went out and bought the first 3 books.  I devoured them.  Got lost in the magic of Hogwarts, the fear of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, and the lives of the main characters.  I couldn’t put the books down.

From then on, I was desperately waiting for the next one to be released.  I read Order of the Phoenix on a bench in Barcelona while my not-yet husband was working.  The Deathly Hallows was released at midnight on the day I got married and my poor (then) future husband was queuing for it hours before needing to get up so that I could have it immediately.  If I’d have gotten away with it, I’d probably have sat reading it at my wedding reception.

How could anyone not get wrapped up in the characters and plot?  Yes Harry is the central character but it’s the people and world around him that bring the books to life.     I laughed with joy at the Weasley Twin’s antics, I cried at the deaths of Dobby, Dumbledore and Snape and I sobbed the most when Hermione wiped her parents’ minds to keep them safe.  I was so desperate for Harry to find a home with Sirius that I felt cheated when that was cruelly taken away.  I was hoping Lupin would step up to the occasion but alas, also taken away.

Beyond the main storytelling there are other questions and underlying storylines to ponder; The continuous theme of true friendship, the character of Hermione; bookworm, intelligent but fiercely brave and loyal – in my opinion, an excellent role model for young girls (and boys).  She’s often the hero and she’s never compromised her beliefs and morals, especially when it came to S.P.E.W. She stood up for house elves and their treatment as slaves – I’m sure you can see a link to our society in there.  Additionally, there’s the theme of prejudice between different ‘wizard breeds’ and the stories highlight an important lesson for readers to understand regarding race, culture etc.  And then there’s poor old Malfoy.   Born into a life he didn’t chose and forced to stay there, forced to follow the family ways even though at times he knew it wasn’t right.  This provides some in-depth and serious discussion about responsibility and nature vs nurture (even in parallel to extremists and how much choice they truly have).

As a teacher there are some strong moral messages to be gained from these books and furthermore, some very good discussion starters that link to modern day, current issues.  I’m wondering now how many adults can actually see these within the books yet struggle to apply when thinking about real life scenarios.

All I know is that one day, a broken woman and her children took a train, and she began to write.  She wrote stories that captured the minds and hearts of several generations, all age groups and all nationalities.  She continued to stand up for rights and use her newfound public voice to speak out again injustice – I wonder which character she may have based on herself a little..

My piece seems to have digressed from a post about why I love Harry Potter to more serious themes within the book but I’m leaving it as it is as they are my ramblings.

Thanks for reading.

Lucy At Home UK gentle parenting blogger

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97 thoughts on “My slight obsession with Harry Potter! (Contains spoilers)

  1. I’m 41 in a couple of weeks and I’m also a fab of Harry and his friends so don’t be embarrassed – there are lots of us! I’m not obsessed or anything but I also find the whole world magical. In fact, we did a big trip to Orlando last year and I literally had butterflies as we experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal – I was fascinated by everything – the theming, the rides. I actually felt like Harry and his friends as we entered Hogwarts! x #GlobalBlogging

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    1. I’m desperate to go. We’re planning Disney next year (I’m not a huge fan).but I can’t wait to visit HP world – even if the kids are clueless. What’s not to love about it all. For my 40th I got a lootcrate subscription for HP and I get goodies every 2 months. Love it x

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  2. I’ve enjoyed the Harry Potter series for years! I think it’s an easy read but with depth. Wise and full of lessons, yet entertaining. I’m hoping to get to Harry Potter World someday!

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  3. Terrific post … yes, Harry Potter is fab, and like you, I love the whole thing for all the characters and the situations they find themselves in. I thought the movies, in particular, captured the waxing and waning, and intensity, and confusion of young love, as well as friendship, among adolescents beautifully

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  4. Loved this post! I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I started reading the weekend the 4th book came out and was hooked after that! Its awesome to find someone else who endured the long wait for the 5th book.. then the 6th… then the 7th lol. I was a sophomore in High School when the 1st movie came out and my friend and I ditched school and saw the movie 3 times!!!

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  5. Omg! I can’t get over it too. I honestly think there should be a sequel to the series. It would be lovely! And yes I love Rowling but Harry should have been with Hermione. I know it shouldn’t bother me after so long but I can’t help it ☺️

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  6. I love Harry Potter also. Reading Order of the Phoenix on a bench in Barcelona sounds amazing. This post is great it was fun taking a journey through your time reading the books. I think it may be time for me to read them again.

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  7. My husband and grown kids are obsessed with Harry Potter – we have to play the Trivial Pursuit game every Christmas. The kids have now fallen in love with Harry Potter fans – so now we have been to the Albert Hall for the orchestra/film events and more. It’s very cute and I love HP too because of them xx Maria

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  8. I am too a Harry Potter fan and I have yet to come across someone who doesn’t love it. I must admit I have never actually thought about HP in the way you mention in your blog but you’re so right, there are so many things that the serious teaches us. Great read.

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  9. I am 40 next year and am just as obsessed. I just decorated my home office and it’s Harry Potter themed!
    One of my friends was a body double for Rupert Grint in two of the film’s so I got to visit the set whilst filming and still joke to my husband sitting in Dumbledores chair in the great hall ranks ahead of our wedding. 🤣

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  10. I absolutely love Harry Potter and I think I always will, like you say it’s not just the main plot which makes it such a compelling series, it’s also the world itself and also the secondary characters. There is something so magical about it and it always makes me feel better when I’m feeling down xx

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  11. I adore Harry Potter too! And don’t feel any kind of shame about your age – the amazing thing about HP is how it bridges people of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities – you name it! It’s particularly special for me as I read it growing up and my dad read it with me, so it was always our thing! We’ve slowly got the whole family hooked on it too, but we’re the original superfans 😉

    Rhianna x
    http://www.tsundokugirl.com

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  12. #thesatsesh confession: read a few pages of the philosophers stone and was bored, never went back…roll on a decade or so (when did the first book come out?) and i’m now saving them to read with my little dude. He has seen a couple of the films, but i plan to read them together.
    Perhaps my broom days will come?

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  13. Oh how I LOVED reading the Harry Potter series when I was finishing uni…. it was really the books from no. 3 onwards that captured my imagination and I will never forget sobbing at the end of no. 6 when I was on holiday with my boyfriend (now hubby)! My eldest has now read the first 3 books but he’s just turned 8 and is very sensitive so he’s not starting no. 4 at the moment. J.K Rowling really is an inspiration. #thesatsesh xx

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  14. What an amazing woman! I haven’t actually read the books or seen any films, my daughters best friend is obsessed and wears Harry Potter themed clothing and talks about it all the time, I thought this may inspire my 11 year old, but she tried to read it and said she didn’t like it, both my 14 year old and 9 year old said the same thing. Still I have always been curious about it myself, so it may be me who ends up reading it! Thank you for being part of #Ablogginggoodtime

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  15. Love this post. We are a household of Potter geeks in this house !!My eldest at 18 if he’s had a bad day or is ill will comfort read them. We’re now re reading with the 10 yr old and she made me tweet JK Rowling to ask how could she do that to Dobby!! I also wept buckets when Hermione wiped her parents memory #blogcrush

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  16. I don’t share your passion for Harry Potter, but it’s always wonderful to find a series that really captures your imagination and keeps you entertained. I was hooked on Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials and couldn’t wait for his new book last year…but it had been a 16 year wait. I also love Terry Pratchett and his Discworld. Sir Terry may be gone but the Discworld will live on forever.
    #Blogcrush

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    1. I haven’t read the Pullman stuff – it’s been on my list forever. HUbby loves it though. I’m not a massive fantasy fan but I enjoyed watching The Colour of Magic on TV the other year. I think the idea of Discworld is fabulous.x

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  17. I read the first book when I was 16, and I watched all of the movies…but it was only when I turned 33 years old when I bought the whole collection. Man, I am hooked. The books are definitely better than the movies. I’m still on Book 3 because I rarely get a chance to sit down and read with two toddlers vying for my attention. Anyway, I appreciate HP books more now as an adult. Love love love and respect for J.K. Rowling. #BlogCrush

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  18. I am not really a big believer in high art and the popularity of Harry Potter and writers and artists of J K Rowling’s ilk are the reason. Just look at the popularity of the books andhow they have inspired differeing generations. I know my nine year old loves Harry Potter and while I’ve never read the books, have thoroughly enjoyed the films. Cannot say I am obsessed, but I totally get the appeal! #blogcrush

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  19. I have to agree that the Harry Potter books are very well written. I’m not a big fan of the films, but the books are fab! And I love the story about how you first discovered them #blogcrush

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  20. Loved this! I started Harry Potter differently from you, first it was the films and then the books. But immediately I was pulled into this amazing world, I agree it really does contain so many relevant themes throughout. I never tire of watching/reading this story and I’m not sure I ever will! Thankyou for sharing x

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  21. I completely understand! Once I read the first one, I was obsessed. I went to the midnight release of The Deathly Hallows and started reading as soon as I got home. I didn’t stop until I was done. I was completely exhausted in every sense. I had laughed, cried, and screamed. It was like the end of a long journey.

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  22. I love this! Yes, a Harry Potter fan too. I liked the movies but loved the books even more. There is something about reading a book that transforms you in to another world better than a movie can. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read the books on their own. I know they will love them just as much as I do.

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  23. Ahhh I love this post! I see so many bloggers writing about how they grew up with HP so it’s lovely to see that you came to it as an adult. I was about 16 when my friend told me how she’d been reading this book to her little brother that was creating a huge buzz with adults too but I put off reading it for a couple of years (remember those days pre internet? I don’t think anyone appreciates how much longer it took for the hype to build up – it was literally word of mouth). Love that your husband queued up for one of the books on the night of your wedding – he’s a keeper! I thought that all of your points about the series were brilliant – there’s just something so magical about it 😊

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      1. Yeah me too but I like that I could appreciate all of the nuances more as an adult. I think a lot of it would have gone over my head as a kid – although it would have been great to have Hermione as a role model growing up. It is such a wonderful, magical world, it was so lovely to read about your passion for it 😊

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  24. This is such a great post! You’ve just transferred all your enthusiasm and elation for the books to me just by reading the post. I might have to go back for a re-read soon. I just loved being in that magical world with all the characters. One day I will have magical powers, but I’ll use only for good, promise😂 😂

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  25. It made me tear to read your post. To know that even though we are completely different ages and worlds apart we were able to find the same love in Harry Potter, and recognize the true core of the story: the true magic of love and friendship! I reread the entire series at least once a year (or when I’m sad, or when there’s a Harry Potter weekend on HBO or ABC Family/Freeform) great post!

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