Harry Potter And The Six Hundred Excuses Not To Read Or Watch It

Some of you may have seen when I accidentally published this as a draft a little while ago…oops! Well here is the post in all it’s glory. By the way, doesn’t this sound like a plausible HP title. Bit wordy, but still…

Anyway, I have a bit of a love/ hate relationship with Harry Potter thus far. If you know me and what I like, you’d think I would be the biggest Harry Potter fan in the world and I agree. I should have a Gryffindor scarf, sorting hat and a Whomping Willow tattooed on my thigh. I am so that girl.

I love fantasy, magic, coming of age stories, battles between good and evil and stories about finding yourself. So what happened that made me such an absolute failure by not joining the fandom like 20 years ago? Life happened, that’s what!

I really like JK Rowling the personality. I follow her on Twitter and apart from a few missteps, I think she’s spot-on. She’s smart, funny, eloquent and passionate. I’d really like to sit don with her and talk about writing fantasy, a successful series, politics and all the other good stuff. I would say that I respect the woman, the Twitter personality and as the writer of The Philosopher’s Stone and only that book.

Don’t hate me, it’s the only Harry Potter book that I’ve actually read. Now, I can blag Potter knowledge with the best of them, I know enough to pretend I know a lot. I’m not completely out of the loop or devoid of Geek Points when it comes to Hogwarts and whatnot.

I’ve read the first book, seen the first 4 films, but I know it’s something missing in my life. I always feel left out when my friend’s talk about it. There’s a Dementor shaped whole in my life and don’t I know it! It’s a travesty I haven’t read or watched them all. I’ve even visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando!

What happened was… My mum had the whole series of books or at least what had been released at that point. I devoured The Philosopher’s Stone, I was amazed by it and loved every word. I found it so funny, entertaining and heartwarming. Life got in the way and I didn’t get back to it straight away. In the intervening time, as a family we saw a few of the films in the cinema. Can’t say I was as impressed by the kids acting but they were young and even if they were a bit wooden, the films are truly magical. They definitely get better with age.

I decided to go back to the books and my Mum had given them all away. Literally every single one. I was devastated. So instead of going to the library, I just let it go and moved on.

My eldest, my daughter, decided she was a massive fan before even ever seeing one of the films or reading the book as her friends play Harry Potter in the playground. She’s got the Quidditch Lego set and some Gryffindor PJS. She even got my husband to make her a wand!

Over the last couple of years we’ve watched the first film a few times, each time scaring her a little less. The boys don’t seem interested at all, they’d rather immerse themselves in the wonderful world of Thomas and Friends (ew!).

I’ve made a commitment to myself and to her, that we’ll get through the series over the next few months but from what I know, I think she might get petrified, like actually petrified at about film 5 or 6.

I would prefer to read them first but with everything else I’ve got going on, I’ll have to be one of those film fans, not book fans, a bit like I am with GoT. And I’m not ashamed of it one bit.

It’ll be really cool to discover the series with my kids. Although I’d get through it faster on my own, it’d be a bit weird watching it without them at this point.

Harry Potter was made for people like me and I hate that it’s passed me by. So here goes nothing, me and Potter are about to get reacquainted and actually finish the thing. I’m looking forward to it, I’m hoping to not be disappointed and to be a certified Potterhead before the end of the year!

Wish me luck!

xx woeful writes xx

Update: We’re actually making good progress as a family watching the films and are up to Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban!

Are there any series that you haven’t read or watched that everyone else you know can’t help but blather on about?

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