Ever since the announcement of the eighth Harry Potter book, our family (particularly my now 10-year-old son) has been anxiously awaiting July 31, 2016. A new Harry Book after everyone though it was the end of Harry Potter books. We decided not to preorder the book knowing that book sellers (even all-knowing Amazon) can’t send the book until the release date for fear it takes less time in shipping and one lucky soul gets an early copy of a book. No, we were going to go to the store and buy a hard copy of the book on the first day.
Midnight parties were happening all over the country, but that’s a little too late for us so we opted to go when our local Barnes & Noble opened on Sunday. When we go there we saw remnants of the fanfare from the night before: a large table filled with colored potions, one of Dobby’s socks, wands, an Owl, and stuffed dragons. You could tell there’d been a celebration. Then I spotted the larger than life “Muggle Wall” where fans wrote down what Harry Potter means to them. At first I didn’t think much of it, but then I started reading the quotes. Themes of courage, bravery, and friendship emerged. Harry Potter is more than a character. It’s more than a story.
There are people who don’t let their kids read Harry Potter; yes, it’s true, yet a little hard to believe when you look at how many Harry Potter books are sold (the seventh book sold a whopping 11 million copies in the first 24 hours.) I respect their decision, but am glad we chose to embrace the imaginative world of Harry Potter. It’s created a voracious reader in our house who has gone on to master books beyond his reading level just for the love of reading. Upon getting this eighth edition, just over 24 hours ago he’s already finished it (P.S. He’s says it’s great, but don’t read it until you’ve read all the other books). I don’t even read books that fast.
It’s hard to deny the impact Harry Potter has on kids who read and love the books. Just look at these quotes.
I learned to read Harry Potter with my sisters. – Marcella
Hermoine Grander taught me that book smarts are enough. Ron taught me that actions lead to forgiveness. Harry taught me to always have courage. Love, RavenclawHarry Potter taught me to never give up on anything and to always follow my dreams. – Ravenclaw
To be brave and believe in yourself and always stand by your friends. – GryffindorHappiness can be found even in the darkest times. If one just remembers to turn on the light. Thanks you J.K. for letting me believe in magic.
Harry Potter taught me it is not who we are buy the choices we make.
Amazing testimonies from a book series. Makes me able to go to bed and sleep soundly knowing these kids were made better from a book!
What does Harry Potter mean to you?