Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Potter Month - 5 Reasons I'm Grateful for Harry Potter
Hey there internet!
This month is Potter Month in the Female Geek Blogger world. This is the brainchild of Megan of The Nerdy Girlie and Kristin over at Super Space Chick. I'm so happy to be joining in the fun since Harry Potter is such a huge part of my life. Let's get started!
1. The Harry Potter book series was my gateway into geekdom. When the books came out, my mom bought me my first copy of the Sorcerer's Stone. I immediately read it cover to cover until I got my hands on the second one. By the third book, I was attending the midnight releases, dressing up in costumes, buying my first merch, and bonding with other fans over the stories we loved. I remember hiding in my bedroom, writing my first (terrible) fanfiction which featured a love triangle between Fred, Hermione, and Ron. Many ships, fanfics, and fan art drawings later, I still always remember where I came from.
2. It gave me hope in some pretty dark times. Growing up is tough. Growing up as a girl with split up parents is tougher. I'm not one to seek pity, but my childhood was pretty rough. Harry Potter gave me an outlet of impossible things. Harry had no parents and was always picked on by Malfoy and yet he was the "chosen one". Maybe his life sucked, but he was special and would do great things. The series made me feel like I was part of the trio and I too could accomplish great things, if I just believed the world wasn't all bad. Plus, looking forward to the book releases gave me happiness when things looked pretty bad.
3. Hermione kicked butt as a role model. As a bushy haired, bespectacled nerd girl, Hermione was someone I could look up to. She was the brightest witch of her age and she had to work twice as hard, due to being a Muggleborn. This girl left her family to go to Hogwarts, a school for magic. WHO DOES THAT? She took chances and wasn't afraid to stick up for herself. I also liked that she never dumbed herself down, even when Snape and Ron picked on her for it. However, something I think people forget is that Hermione also was human. She had insecurities and sometimes tried to fit in and she made me feel like it was okay to make mistakes, as long as you remember that you are awesome just the way you are.
4. One Word: WROCK. As I got older, I found things like A Very Potter Musical and fanmade Harry Potter tribute bands. Justin Finch Fletchley and The Sugar Quills, Peeved, Draco and the Malfoys, and Harry and The Potters comprise my blogging playlist. If you haven't heard of Wrock, or wizard rock, it's music based on Harry Potter. I recommend Swish and Flick's theme or Harry and the Potters "I Am A Wizard".
5. The community. I've met and bonded with so many people over Harry Potter. Most of my best friends are huge Potterheads and all of the awesome women participating in this month's prompt have something to contribute to the discussion of this awesome series. Whether you're a movie fan, a book fan, or a fan of both, the series will always be there to welcome us home.
Why do you love Harry Potter? Let's chat! And be sure to check out all the Harry Potter posts or contribute your own here!