How did you first get into Harry Potter?
What an excellent question and as with 9/11 or other major incidents that changed your life, I assume everyone how the magical journey with Harry started.
I actually got into Harry Potter quite late, as it wasn't as a big deal in Austria as it was in Britain or America. Only when the movie franchise started and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published, my attention was captured. I haven't watched any of the movies before reading the books, so much for that. I can distinctly remember that my mum brought home two books, one for me and one for my elder sister. My elder sister got Harry Potter as my mum had heard about it and I got The Wild Chicks by Cornelia Funke.
I was furious that my big sister got such an interesting-looking book and I didn't and I refused to read my for some time and only after I had read Harry Potter I eventually read it (it's quite a nice book but nothing compared to Harry Potter).
Anyway, from page one, I was hooked. I LOVED it! I loved the magic, I loved the characters and The Famous Five by Enid Blytton was pushed off first place of book series and everything became about Harry Potter. All my parties were Harry Potter-themed, everything in my life was about magic, Hogwarts and spells. My walls were plastered with anything I could find on Harry Potter and my mum sewed me a complete Hogwarts uniform (God, bless her for that). I wasn't a Harry Potter fan, I was a Harry Potter maniac, and still am up to this day. Harry Potter was my childhood and now I am quite happy I got in so late because I was always approximately Harry's age and could grow with the books, which was simply magnificent.
So, thank you, Harry for my childhood, you made it so much brighter, better and greater and you are my favourite even after all these years. Always.