THE Decade of My Life.

Thursday, July 07th, 2011 | Author: Adam

My very first Harry Potter book is not on my bookshelf anymore. Instead, it is covered in protective plastic, and stored carefully on the top shelf at the back of my closet. The book has literally been through a lot. The pages are bent, scratched, written in (what was i thinking?), and crumpled. It was the book that I had once ordered from the Scholastic catalog, 11 years ago. It is one of my most treasured possessions, and my symbol of the beginning of a decade that has literally changed my life.

I have since then, bought a new version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This is the one that I now store on my bookshelf. This is the…”not so precious” version ;) . Mind you, I searched everywhere to find it. Having searched for a book that was closest to a first edition possible, I had to settle with this one, and online, I bought this 1st edition, 6th printing (blechh). Call me obsessed! Call me pathetic! Call me compulsive! I don’t really care! If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you’ll probably understand where I’m coming from.

For the past 10 years we have loved this series with one giant, swelling passion that no “other” could understand. I am 100 percent sure that I am not the only life that this series has changed. And not only has it changed, but it has helped shape and develop. I remember reading the first chapter of Philosopher’s Stone, sitting on my bed. I read it to my parents. Yes, I struggled through it (I was not a very good reader at age 7), and it took me about a month and a half to finish the entire book. But answer me this: what 7 year old would literally spend a month and a half reading one single book? The book would have to to be so new, creative, imaginative, and captivating that I could not put it down. And yes, it most certainly was. Who would have thought that the series would stay with me all the way until adulthood? Who would have thought that I would re-read the entire series many, many times? Who would have thought that I would have created an actual podcast on the subject? The answer is virtually no one. Not even myself. If you were to inform a 7 year old me that I would love Harry Potter until the day that I die, I would have said,” Get outta here! In a couple years, I’ll just out grow this children’s book”. If you were to tell a 7 year old me that I would start a podcast and meet many different people from around the world because of it, I would have said, “What’s a podcast?”

The Harry Potter series has taught me how to be me. It has shaped my morals and understandings of life, and it has helped me be a much better person because of it. I relate my life situations to this series, and I have made many of my decisions based on the teachings of the books. It has opened me up to the world of the fandom. Seeing thousands of different Potter fans all gathering together to celebrate something so special really fills me with pride, pride at what a great part of life I have involved myself in. Because of websites like MyLeaky and Mugglespace, I have been able to meet so many great people, who now, I wouldn’t know what to do without. I have learned about and experienced different cultures, and have made what I know will be life long friends.

And let us not forget the movies, themselves. My gosh! What fantastic movies! They have captured the ideas, morals, and emotions of the novel so well. We are so lucky to be apart of this generation. We have lived through the anticipation of, and the release of each book and movie. This is something that will not be said for our kids, our grand kids and so on.

So yes, this decade has changed my life. If I were to zap out Harry Potter from the last 10 year of it, I realize just how boring and uneventful it would be. These books have taught us how to love, be friends, and overcome evil. These books will also always bring out a bit of the kid in us no matter how old we are when we read it. And now that the series is coming to a close, and I am entering adulthood, I am unbelievably appreciative and grateful that I had check-marked the little box beside “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in the Scholastic Catalog.

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  1. Katherine says:

    You remind me of me, with your first book! Mine’s literally been through it all.