Open Letter To J.K. Rowling
Dear J.K. Rowling,
I just finished reading Harry Potter for what seems like the millionth time. My parents asked me why I continue to go back to the books that were published when I when I was small. You see, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released here in America in 1998, and I was six. I failed to realize how much of an impact these books would have on me at that age. But my mom saw something special in them, so we went to the release of each book at our local bookstore and waited in line with everyone else. One night I even got a lightning bolt drawn on my forehead like Harry's. I now have the full collection of books, movies, I've done the official sorting through Pottermore (Slytherin), and I try to convince my friends who haven't read Harry Potter to do so.
As I was finishing up the last part of Deathly Hallows last week I got really emotional thinking back to the first time I read this book. The first time I read Deathly Hallows I stayed up as late as I could after the midnight release reading. I woke up to eat breakfast and continue reading. I finished in less than a day, only to realize it was truly over. Then I thought of how much I loved these stories.
For me, these books were and are my childhood, junior high, high school, college, and now post-grad years. I find something new in them every time I read them. I think Ron is funnier each time I read them. I think I'm more like Luna than ever before. I think wise words from Dumbledore should be engraved on everything, from Starbucks cups to tombstones. There's nothing I don't love about these books, except for maybe Sirius dying, that was rough.
Now I'm trying to find something new to read and resist the urge to just start Harry Potter over again. My mom thinks I'm crazy, for just wanting to reread the same thing over and over again. I may have "accidentally" called my mom a muggle for thinking magic doesn't live in these books. That search for a new book isn't going very well. So if you have any suggestions, I will gladly take them.
There's something special about books that can stand the test of time. Some day I hope to pass the magic of Harry Potter on to my kids. As I read to them, and as they are able to read the books alone I hope they realize how truly wonderful these stories are. They might ask me why I'm crying, and it might be because Dobby just died, it might be because Harry and Hermione were able to get Sirius and Buckbeak set free just in time, or it might be because reliving these stories has brought back so many memories.
So thank you, J.K Rowling for allowing me, and so many others to return to Hogwarts with Harry and his friends time after time. We are always welcomed with open arms, a grand feast in the Great Hall, and a year full of learning what it means to be filled with magic, even if we've already passed our O.W.L.'s.