For the third post of the Blogger Positivity Campaign, hosted by Jillian’s Books, our prompt was to write a letter to something or someone that has helped or inspired us, such as an author, a book, a fictional character, or an OTP. I love that this fits in beautifully with the theme of Thanksgiving, and I’m going to be a total cliché and write a letter to the Harry Potter books.
Dear Harry Potter books,
I don’t even know where to begin thanking you. First of all, I admire J.K. Rowling with all that I have for creating you and writing you and loving you for so many years. Your story is a magnificent one; a story that inspires readers all over the world, from every single age, and teaches them to be more tolerant and respectful. It is a story about discrimination and injustice, but also about courage and strength, and friendship and love, and family and war. It is a world where millions of us can always come back to and call Hogwarts our home. It is a school full of whimsicalities, designed to teach us all about magic. It provides an escape to a magical world for anyone who’d need it. To distract us, to make us smile, to join in on a wonderful adventure. It is a story that this generation has grown up with; this magic which we are now passing on to the next generation, and the next, and the next, for many years to come.
You are amazing.
I am especially grateful for:
- The Weasleys, for being the best family in the history of families. Molly and Arthur are relationship goals (minus the 7 children, though).
- Fred and George Weasley, for making me laugh during every single scene, and for bringing laughter even during the darkest of times.
- Minerva McGonagall, for being the badassest of badasses.
- Albus Dumbledore, for teaching us that there is always happiness to be found in the dark, if one only remembers to turn on the light. And for talking about socks and candy a lot.
- Sirius Black, for emphasising that we all have good and bad in us; it is the path we choose to act on that matters.
- Remus Lupin, for always bestowing kindness upon others, even when they are unkind to him. Also, for the very important lesson, “Eat. You’ll feel better.”
- Draco Malfoy, for being a fabulous bouncing ferret.
- Hermione Granger, for being beautiful and clever and fierce. You are a true rolemodel to any girl.
- Luna Lovegood, for showing us that being a little quirky is perfectly alright.
- Lord Voldemort, for showing us that a life without love is not really a life at all.
- And, of course, Harry Potter, for being the master of sass, and for persevering through it all.
Words will never do justice what Harry Potter means to me — I turn to it in darker times especially, but also if I just need a pick-me-up and a smile on my face. It is the “happy place” in my head whenever I need to get away from reality. They’re the books I will reread over and over until the pages fall from their spines.
The books I will be reading when I’m old and look like a dried raisin, sitting in my rocking chair and muttering about “kids these days”.
“After all this time?”