Today I went to a costume store in Colorado Springs with Michael, Jenny, and Kiki. I totes bought a legit Hufflepuff tie for $10. All the house ties were $20. I guess it’s worth being the butt of everyone’s jokes if it saves you money.
Annual Reread of Harry Potter (The Deathly Hallows)
What perfect timing. I finished my reread on the fifth anniversary of the Deathly Hallows release. A few days ago I posted something about some of my feelings about this book and what it means to me. Those words are still true. As I continued to read those feelings became even more true.
If you follow me you know I’ve been posting my thoughts as I reread the Harry Potter series over the last few weeks. I’m not finished with Deathly Hallows but I have some things to say that are not related to the book. Harry Potter in my mind is often tied to summer. Almost exactly 5 years ago the last of this series came out. I remember that night very well. I remember the surprised gasp I let out when Hedwig died. I remember being curled up on the couch as the sun came up when Lupin told Harry that Tonks was going to have a baby. I remember literally rocking back and forth as I mourned the loss of Dobby not knowing if I could bare reading anymore. I remember feeling the same tired, shock, and numbness that Harry probably felt when it was all over. I am magically transported back to those memories every time I reread the book.
So many things have happened in 5 years that has past since I first read this book. I started and graduated college. I go into grad school. I moved away from home and moved back home. I’ve been to Hogwarts by way of Orlando Florida (twice). I’ve met people IRL I had only known on the internet and found them to be true and amazing people and friends. Deathly Hallows is more than just a book. It is a representation of everything I’ve been through not just in the last 5 years but my entire life. It represents my struggle to accept and be proud of my true, nerdy self. Harry Potter is like a real, flesh and blood person to me. He has shown me the power of love and meaning of determination and perseverance. I don’t know what I love more: The fact that Harry means that much to me or the fact I’m not alone in this overwhelming feeling of gratitude towards a boy that exists in a land of ink and paper.
One of the things that is greatest about Harry Potter is our fandom. It is our ability to keep the magic going. Harry Potter will never truly be gone as long as there are those who remain loyal to him.