Harry Potter – My History (and a new trailer too)
What a bitter-sweet year this is with the final movie release of the final book of the Harry Potter Series. I have watched my kids grow up around the Harry Potter books. I have watched documentaries on J K Rowling which only increased my respect for her as a single mom writing out that first book on napkins and scratch paper in a coffee shop. She truly is a rags to riches story and has long been one of the authors I really respect.
Harry Potter has been a part of my life since 1997. As I look back over my collection I have to think what a win for Scholastic, winning the bid for the books in the US. I remember that first copy coming into our home. I remember my boys had it – I did not read (and would not read it until after I heard a movie was coming out and wanted to see what they hype was all about – this was in 2000)
And really, after that first reading for me… I was a Potter head. I had catching up to do as of this time the fourth book in the series was coming out and they were getting BIGGER and BETTER. The first book started over 200 pages and by the fourth they are between 500 – 700 pages.
Brilliant. By this time, each book that came out we had to purchase it triplicate (YAY J K!) as two teenage boys and myself…. we could not share. We would all be in our designated corners – sworn to not tip the others off if anyone was ahead. Of course I did mention I had two boys…. so that rule didn’t exactly stick…. groans would be heard as they tried to ruin a scene for the other, sometimes it was true… sometimes it was a fake out “Oh no! I can not believe he died on page 527!”
Many other Potterish things are happening now as well. We go to the midnight showings of the movies. We have waited in lines at 12:01 on book release day to be sure we have our copies and can start reading right away. Release dates (books and movies) are actually put on the calendar so we are sure to keep that day free and not make other commitments.
Somewhere I have pictures of the boys running around the house with blankets tied around their necks and pointing sticks at each other as they cast spells for a couple of hours one evening.
By the time book 7 came out my oldest boy was out of the house and it was just Justin and I reading the books at home. I had pre ordered the seventh book as we had planned to be camping release day (I know what timing right?). I had never pre ordered one of these books before and was nervous about delivery. When our plans changed and we stayed home that weekend I was a wreck release day… wondering if I should have hit the stores at midnight and picked up a copy, wondering if release day did not necessarily mean delivery day and knowing the whole world was already deep into their books while I in Brainerd Minnesota was waiting on my back deck for the UPS man.
Finally by late morning as I was wondering if anyone in town had any copies left I discovered that my copy of the book was tucked into the screen door off the front door to our home. Never mind how long it had been there…. I will never know. 😛
This time, Justin who was working on release day (again…. who’s kid is this who would work on book release day? Really….) was behind me on reading. Yup. So by the time he got home I was 300+ pages in and while I prepped supper (I know I know… I should have ordered in!) he started reading with my ever watchful eye waiting for his reactions….. finally he banished me from watching him read – which is cruel.
SO….. being the great mom that I am…. the next day while he was working…. I went through his copy of the book and put post it notes on the page AFTER anything big happened. So – when someone died, or when Mrs. Wheasley swears for the first time in any of the books, on the next page would be a post it note from me saying something like “Whoa!!! Can you believe that just happened?” He laughed when he found the first one…. after the second one he asked if I had done that through his entire book. I chose not to answer.
Every time I pick up one of these books I find something more that impresses me …. things in first books come up again in later books, hints I did not pick up on the first time catch me the second time around.
There is so much to this season that is Harry Potter. The merchandising, the websites, Harry Potter world now in Orlando, and Reagan and I are going to the Harry Potter Exhibit while we are in New York at the end of May. SSQQUUUEEEE!!!!
What an opportunity I have had to be along from the start of this ride…. I chalk these up as future classics…. and I for one feel privileged to be among the ones who were there from Hogwarts to Hallows.
I leave you with this – the new trailer for the last of the Harry Potter movies – Deathly Hallows part II – July 15th: