I am late, the birthday was yesterday 🙂
For the BEEEG Harry Potter fan that I claim to be, its weird that I have not done a single post on the boy who lived exclusively! Though I changed my header to show my love for him 🙂
I started reading Harry Potter several years ago when the book 1 was released. One of Amma’s friend’s came to know of my love for books and gave me HP 1. I must admit, when I started reading it, the first 10 pages made me feel it would be a boring book,and I read the book just to let Aunty know that I had read it (What if she questioned me on the story, dont laugh okay?) anyways, by the middle of the book, I was hooked. Hooked big time, so much that I finished the rest of the book in one sitting. Lets not talk about how that got on to Amma’s nerves, because I would never answer her questions.
Book 2 I read briefly when I got it from our local library in Baroda. And book 3 was also read just because I wanted to read it.
It was book 4 (Goblet of Fire) which actually made me a Potter fan. Discussing it in the dance class with a girl younger to me, she, telling me titbits about it, about the Quidditch world cup and Triwizard tournament, and then I was hooked. I desperately tried to get the book. I begged, borrowed and finally got it right under the nose of another lady trying to get the book in the library. I was delighted when I read it.
Same with book 5 (Order of the Phoenix). and of course then RD happened and he gave me book 6 and I decided to marry him. Book 7 got realised after I was married, and RD arranged to get it for me the first day it was released (I dont know how much he paid for it, I never asked him eh?) and I started the book at 8 in the night and read through the night to finish it at 5 in the morning..in one sitting..RD thought I was mad. I cried, laughed and was delighted to finish the story.
And then I wanted the entire series to read again. So RD got me the books which I didnt have (book 2, 3, 4, 5) for my birthday. And I swore to stay with him in happiness, sickness, health yaada yaada.
Then I discovered Sandhya’s blog. She wrote about each of the book as a part of the HP celebrations last year, and thanks to her, I understood each book better. I re-read the entire collection again for the 6th time and I must admit, every time I read the books, I learn something new. I connect the dots better and I understand the importance of love so much more. I believe in love being the most supreme magic and I learn that its absolutely okay to be ordinary.
So Thank you Sandhya. You have made me re-love a series, which is a part of history for sure.
And my favorite characters.
1 Hermione Granger – She is everything I want to be. She may be known as a know-it-all, but I loved loved the way she has been potrayed. Fiercely loyal to her friends, believing in herself, looking at books for solutions, helping out everyone..she is amazing
2. Luna Lovegood – Sometimes, I feel I am like Luna. A little cut off from the world and having the strangest of dress sense! I loved the fact that she would say the truth not worried about what people would think or believe, she dressed up in sunflower colours and radish ear rings, and most importantly is a loyal friend and amazing person.
3. Neville Longbottom – Under estimated, just missed being Harry Potter, I have a bit of Neville in me. The clumsiness, the forgetfulness, I am all that. And yet, as a character he grew so much from book 1 as a bumbling boy to book 7 as the guy who killed Nagini. What a guy! what a guy! (I love the part when Dumbledore tells about him in book 1, that it takes great courage to stand against your enemies, but even greater courage to stand against your friends, those lines give me goosebumps every time I read it!)
4. Ginny Weasley – She is smart, practical, brave, no clingy and of course, Harry’s girlfriend 🙂 I admire her for her courage, her ability to fight against odds, her perservence to practice flying when her brothers werent around, and the fact that she is ready to realise that she needs to let Harry go for his mission. Awesome!
I do like Ron and Harry, as well, but thats after these four.
I cant tell how much I am at awe with JKR. She has created an entire parallel universe. Every question about her creations has an answer, all loose ends are tied, and its its..well…I have no words for my admiration for her. Her imagination is like so so so rich. W.O.W!
JK Rowling gave me a story, I can re-read 100 times and am really lucky to belong to an era where the books were released 🙂 When and if I become a grandparent, I would love to read out these stories to my grandchildren. But before that, I am waiting for R to be a bit older to introduce her to the world of Harry Potter.