I mentioned last week that I was going to a Harry Potter event. While it wasn’t anything mind-blowing the event itself really got me thinking…
You know I love books and am kind of obsessed with used books in particular, but what I really love about books is what they can give/offer people. The Harry Potter series is a perfect example to explain what I’m talking about.
I didn’t get into Harry Potter until four years ago. I kept insisting I wasn’t going to like it and didn’t have time for a stupid little wizard story. When I finally decided to pick up the first book and give it a try, I couldn’t put them down. I read the entire series in about a week and was genuinely depressed when I finished them (which lead me to reading it over and over again…). For me personally, Harry Potter allowed me to completely forget about all the stress and anxiety I confront on a regular basis and just escape from life. When I read, I become completely engrossed in the story and the world sort-of stands still around me. I loved this little wizard boy and all his wizard (and muggle) friends.
The HP event last week made me realize that other people feel the exact same way. Harry Potter offers something for each of the people in attendance that is so much more than just reading any old book-there is something in the series they are each able to connect with. There were a few featured speakers who actually addressed to the group the impact HP had on their life and how meaningful it was which really moved me.
What I loved most about this event though, was that it brought a wide array of people together to share their love of reading. Super nerds, emo kids, hipsters, jocks, cool kids, parents, punks etc. were all friends for the night. For once wearing a wizarding robe, or the fact that you’ve read the series an embarrassingly amount of times wasn’t made fun of but instead celebrated.
I’m having trouble articulating my feelings but I think what I’m trying to say is I love how reading brings people together like nothing else can. Reading a book is an experience-you have to put in the time and effort to finish a book whereas with TV or a movie it’s over in a few minutes or hours. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been a bookworm but I love that warm fuzzy feeling that comes when you meet someone who loves a book as much as you do.
I’m a nerd- I know and this post is super cheesy but to all you non HP fans out there…CRUCIO! Sike…just kidding…sort of.
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
Tell me your absolute FAVORITE book!