I know JK Rowling’s under a lot of fire because of her views on trans rights. Because of that, Harry Potter fans are distancing themselves from the fandom. It saddens me because I Harry Potter so much. I’ve decided that while I don’t agree with JK Rowling and many of her views since Deathly Hallows was published, I’ll always love Harry Potter.
I’ve said this many times. I’ve even posted it on Instagram and previous iterations of my blog AND it’s that important to me to say it again. I always think about Harry Potter around July 31. I don’t always say anything, except maybe in passing, but I always think about the books that changed my life. I normally say Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight got me reading. That’s true, but only to a point. Twilight got me reading voraciously; I wouldn’t have read Twilight if Harry Potter hadn’t opened my mind to the possibility that reading could be fun. Harry Potter paved the way.
It’s because of Harry Potter I joined an online fandom and met an awesome group of friends, some of whom I’ll be friends with my entire life. It’s because of Harry Potter I have a blog and I’ve met my blogger friends. It’s because of Harry Potter I’m part of my IRL book club. It’s because of Harry Potter I’m friends with some of my best friends—the Magnificent Seven. It’s because of Harry Potter I’ve met some of the most awesome authors in the world. And, it’s because of Harry Potter I can pick up a book and immerse myself in its story.
Happy birthday, Harry! Thank you for changing my life!
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” -Albus Dumbledore (Sorceror’s Stone)