Before I get too much further, let me just say “Yes, Rach, I know I’m a dork!”
In my friends circle, I am definitely the one who is almost child like in my obsession with Harry Potter. It’s an obsession that was slow to grow (I actually hated the book when it was first read to me in Library class during year 7) but is now fully fledged, right down to the HP themed tattoo that I have had designed.
People see me reading the books and ask when I am going to grow up and out of my infatuation with the seven part series – my response is generally “Are you serious?” which doesn’t tend to go down too well.
Harry Potter signifies a lot of different things to different people. For me, it was the escape from the teenager angst that plagues all of us. It continues to be my escape from a reality that drives me batty at stages.
The main theme of HP is that you can achieve whatever you want to – if you try hard enough. It’s about recognising that the biggest power of your life is harnessed within yourself and your own misgivings about your strengths.
I am a “Potter-Head” and don’t see myself growing out of this any time soon. I can sit and read the books for hours on end and watch the movies at the same time. I would be lying if I said I have never dreamed of reaching the sacred walls of Hogwarts, or that I have never gotten cranky at my mother for clearly hiding my Hogwarts acceptance letter.
When I read my
bibles HP books, it feels as though all the stresses and unfairness of the world melts away and leaves me alone while I follow Harry through whatever trial and tribulation he is beating at the moment.
I don’t see how I am any worse than the adults who are obsessed with Twilight, Tru Blood or the like – they are all fantasies and ones that we all know will never be real. I think it’s because Harry Potter is viewed as a childs series and has no real connection to “real” life, whatever that may be.
Aside from the universal popularity, even on a “bad” movie (HP’s worst grossing film Prizoner of Azkaban still grossed $90M more than Twilights best movie Eclipse) Harry Potter has a wide and varied audience. School aged kids to adults like me all have a little piece of something that can identify with in the film: for me, it’s that feeling of never quite fitting but always trying to that Neville Longbottom struggles with.
I guess you could say Harry Potter ending was one of the “big” things in my life – at the end of 7.1, I didn’t cry because of the death scene, I cried because I knew that there was only one more movie and after that, they were done. No more. Finito. KaPut.
What do you think about Harry Potter? Do you love it, hate it, obsess over it,
plan your wedding to one of the Weasley twins?
I would love to hear your views on the matter. But until then, mischief managed…