Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My Introduction to Harry Potter

Faith of GeekyZooGirl and Micheline of Lunar Rainbow Reviews are hosting the Harry Potter Month in July!! Of course, Harry's birthday is in July so it's a celebration! I am competing for my House Cup as well for Hufflepuff. As most of you know, I adore Harry Potter so this month will be full of even more Potter goodness at JC's Book Haven.

Ever since I was a young child, I have always loved reading. I remember the Accelerated Reader program at school, and constantly checking books out so that I could win those personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. I was checking books out like Romona Quimby, The Bridge to Terabithia, Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, Freckle Juice, The Indian in the Cubbard, and The Incredible Journey. I enjoyed them all, but I can't say I LOVED any of them. 

Then I moved on to high school and was in the accelerated English class. We HAD to read for school, and it was mostly classics. I had Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, The Grapes of Wrath, and more. Now, I admit that I have a hard time with being told I have to do things, immediately making me not want to. Needless to say, I never liked reading any of the books for school that we were forced to.

Moving on to after graduation and a friend brought me a book thinking I would enjoy it. It was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. There were three books out at this time, and it was the first I was hearing of the series. I DEVOURED it. I went to her two days later asking to borrow the next two books and read those in two days each as well.

I finally found what I enjoyed reading. Not just this incredible series, but what Harry Potter brought to me was that I am a genre-oriented reader. I want MAGIC. I want things that can't possible happen in my every day life. I want ADVENTURE and creatures I haven't even dreamed of.

I now obviously have a number of books that I love, but none more than Harry Potter as it was the start to my journey not just in loving to read, but in loving the books I read as well.

After reading those three, I not so patiently waited for the rest to follow. I remember the thrill that there were movies being made, and seeing them all in theater. I bought all the movies as they came out and all the books immediately when released as well. 

Now, I've been able to share my love of the series with my son. He watched all of the movies and loved them. He dressed as Ron Weasley for Halloween (looking the part as he is a redhead himself). I took him to Harry Potter World in Orlando for his 9th birthday, and the second we got home, he dove into the books for the first time reading them all so quickly. He had discussions with me on what is different in the films and how reading the books was such a wonderful experience, offering so much more than what the movies alone give us.

We have since created quite a collection of Harry Potter fan merchandise and both are on Pottermore. We randomly reread the series and re-watch the movies. I can honestly say I haven't read a series near as many times as I have Harry Potter.


  1. Aww, that's so awesome. I love The Bridge to Terabithia. I read a lot of those classics too. I hate being told what to read. It was in college when I found the series that changing my like, The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K Hamilton.
    So happy you found a series that made you completely fall in love. And you get to share it with your son!!

  2. I loved reading about your reading habits as a kid and how you discovered HP. I was a big reader as a kid too but for some reason, I didn't read fantasy back then :O So, like you, HP finally showed me what I WANT/NEED in my books: magic, fantasy and escape! HP was my first real book love and one that has never been matched to this day ♥ And it's wonderful that you get to share all of it with your son :) Great post Jaclyn^^

  3. It is wonderful when we get to share our passions with our children. I can't wait to share Buffy with my son :))) That should be fun!

  4. That was one of my fav's when I was little. I was excited when the movie came out. They changed quite a bit of it though. I read some of The Anita Blake Series. I know the first one was fantastic!

  5. So we have that in common :D I think it's great that he is able to be so passionate about reading at his age since he knows what he loves too.

  6. Oh I just loved Buffy :D I've gotten to share a ton with him now that he's 12. I've made it my mission to let him experience all the greatness the 80's and 90's had to offer LOL.

  7. Your Harry Potter experience is just as magical as the books and movies. I love that HP brought you back to the avid reader you were before book reports and agonizing class discussions. The Twilight series showed me the world of pleasure reading. Had no idea. That rocks that you and Zane are HP super fans! I hope your summer is going great. We're keeping busy, but there's been a lot of fun in the water. Good stuff.

  8. Christina @ Between BookendsJuly 16, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Awww! That's so great that you can share the series with your son. I can't wait until my nephews are old enough to read the series, I really hope they love it as well.

  9. Alex @ The Book BannerJuly 17, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Thank you for sharing you story! I love that you shared your love for these books with your son and he enjoyed them too! :D I can only imagine how much fun that must have been when you realized he was going to love them.

  10. I know being required to read really takes the fun out of it. I heard schools have Hunger Games on their curriculum now. I would've enjoyed that :D

  11. I hope they do too! It's a lot of fun to discuss and see it all again through younger eyes :D

  12. It is so much fun! I am so glad that he loves it too :D


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