Thank You, Harry Potter

Posted November 27, 2015 by Inge in Features, Join the Dance // Events, Tags & Challenges, Tea Party // Random Thoughts, Uncategorized / 11 Comments

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.

THE BLOGGER

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?”

“Always.”

Harry Potter

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11 responses to “Thank You, Harry Potter

  1. YES YES YES to all of this. I’m also grateful to Harry Potter for bringing so many weird and wonderful bookworms together, all over the world.

  2. Love, love, love this post! Everything you’ve said is so true, and the post is so heartfelt as well. Harry Potter is such an amazing series; the characters are amazing and the way magic is embedded into the story is just flawless. Plus, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are friendship goals. Thanks for sharing Inge and, as always, fabulous letter! ♥

  3. I LOVE THIS LETTER, SOMEBODY GET ME TISSUES PLEASE. YOU HIT ME RIGHT IN THE FEELS <3

    *breathes in, breathes out* Can I just say that I love how you quoted so much of Harry Potter; most of them were actually my favorites! I love Fred and George so much! They're actually my most favorite Weasleys, apart from Ron. They make the series more fun to read because they're hilarious and witty. And of course, Dumbledore, who loves to talk about socks and stuff 🙂 Great post! I loved how you ended the letter, though. My most favorite line ever!

  4. The Harry Potter books do just seem to have that amazing ability to cheer me up when I’m down, and I can’t imagine a day when I ever think ‘I’m never going to reread Harry Potter again’. I’ll probably still be reading it when I’m eighty!
    Awesome letter! It really encapsulates how much I think Harry Potter means to so many people.

  5. I love this post so much. Mainly because I agree with absolutely everything. Both Hermione and Emma Watson are true role models for girls and women. They are everything I aspire to be. And I can’t explain my love for Fred en George enough. I think they are some of the most amazing characters of them all.

    Amazing post!

  6. This letter is perfect <3 I agree with all of it. Molly and Arthur have the best relationship, and every character you mentioned here is inspiring in their own way. Great post!

  7. You know this list reminded me of a meme I saw on facebook! It was different, but carried the same sentiment about all the characters you mention and more. I’ve yet to read Potter yet, I’m waiting until I’ve cleared my desk of Pratchett and a few other things I’ve been meaning to read for some time. I’ll eventually read the series 1 – 6 in one run, but I need to limber up first. I really enjoyed the films though.

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