I know I have been pretty AWOL lately on this website but I was going through a slightly depressed period in which everything seemed useless and stupid (so, normal).
Anyway, I will indulge you with the tedious details of my puzzled mind, but for now I have to catch up on a wonderful, wonderful thing.
Three days ago (June 26th) was the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - so, 20 years ago (and three days), the most wonderful book was first published and has enchanted me and so many more ever since.
As you all know, I consider myself to be a hardcore HP fan (do you know who Miranda Goshawk is because I do) and probably one who has read the books the most (I would give you the number, but I simply can't because I've stopped counting at some point).
In order to celebrate this magical event, I have not only re-read the first book, but also the fourth and, once again, I was drawn into the world of wizardry and the unbelievably incredible sense of humour of Ronald Weasley (seriously, I must say he's more and more becoming my favourite). For me, reading Harry Potter is like coming home and that is why, wherever I go, I take the books with me. When I was alone in Dublin or London and was feeling low, I could always count on my favourite heroes to cheer me up.
But for me, Harry Potter was not only about reading it was the foundation for my very creative childhood - well, one of the foundations. I and my friends would run around with wands, time-turners and cloaks, pretending to go to Hogwarts. But here comes the magical thing about HP. You don't need the characters to play inside the world. Harry, Ron and Hermione were always there, but no one of us pretended to be either of them, as their story was already being told, no, we wanted to tell our own stories and the world of Harry Potter enables children to do just that. We were going to Hogwarts and there was Snape doing potions, McGonagall teaching Transformation and the Whomping Willow lashing out, but we were within our own plots and I loved that. I also believe that it highly contributed to the fact that I am a writer today. The day I realised that Harry Potter hadn't come out of thin air but had actually been written by a person (you, wonderful Jo) I was determined to write books, too, and have done it ever since. So, here is to you, Jo, and your wonderful work which inspired many, many people and changed this individual's life for ever.
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