Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Turns 20
The Impact had on Kids
The Impact in My Life
There was no denying when I was a kid, and now, I read a lot. I am also not going to lie, the cover art for the Harry Potter books turned me off. It looked childish, and in all my wise wisdom of a 16 year old I dismissed it as a children’s book. But there came a day where I was helping a friend repair a house. And I was literally stuck with the choice of reading the Sorcerer’s stone (my friend’s book) or watching stucco dry.
So armed with my iced tea and cookies I sat down to read about the boy who lived. My friend was taking a nap while I read. And read and read. 3 hours later my friend woke up and startled me out of Harry, Ron, and Hermione sneaking past Fluffy with music. I have never been so wrong about a book and to this day I have never again judged the cover to tell me quality. There was nothing childish about this book. It embraced the idea of being an orphan, being bullied, physically and emotionally neglected by his aunt and uncle. And that is just all in the first 2 chapters. Rowling makes you feel what Harry feels when he gets his letter to Hogwarts. The elation of getting away from a terrible situation and making friends for the first time ever.
The Magic of these books is that the magic isn’t the most important thing. Like I mentioned above it’s in the bonds of friendship, loyalty, courage and doing the right thing. Sacrificing yourself for the greater good. All these crucial lessons wrapped up in an appealing bow of amazing characters and wonderful world. I was hooked, and thus was born a Potterhead. I may have been 3 years late to the party but I was entrenched and never leaving.
Even today at 33, the world still fascinates and enchants me. I soak up all the new adventures Rowling gives us from that world. I still hold the lessons I learned and the idols I admire. Hermione is still near the top of the list in BAMF females who stand tough and strong amongst her peers. It is a world I constantly revisit over the years and still makes me feel as good as I did at 16 reading it for the first time while waiting for stucco to dry.
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