Fandom Exploration: Harry Potter

Harry Potter. The boy who lived.

The words mean so much to so many. They encompass a love for reading, a philanthropic author, well developed world running in parallel to ours, and young man who happens to save all of the people he knows nothing about until he was eleven.

I have often dreamt of sending Treyson a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts for his eleventh birthday, until a friend of mine pointed out that this might be more cruel than encouraging. It made me debate sending one to The Ninja as a lost letter, but I fear he may be more disappointed that Treyson would have been.

Harry Potter is a young boy that happens to be a wizard. He just happens to have survived an attack by the most evil and powerful wizard in all of the world. The same attack that killed both of his parents and left him with an undeniable reminder of the attack in the shape of a lightening bolt scar on his forehead.

Quite the start to a life isn't it?

There is way too much to go into with Harry Potter. Seven books, Eight Movies, and one theme park provides quite a lot of material to wrap your brain around. Here are some of my favorite facts though:

- One of Harry's best friends is a girl. I have always had a lot of guy friends. Actually for the majority of my life and I have had only one or two girlfriends. Spoiler Alert: Hermione ends up with Ron Weasley. Harry's other best friend. They run in a trio, much like myself. I met The Ninja through our individual best friend Jordan. Confused!?! Just know that I grew up to live part of my favorite aspects of Harry's story.

- One of the aspects that makes Harry Potter's life so believable is that it runs in tandem with the world that we live in as Muggles, and that there is a featured sport within that life. Quidditch has taken the world by storm. Even if you can't fly, you can figure out a way to play. Actually Treyson played a game of Quidditch last week, winning the game for his team as the seeker. Proud Mom moment right there.

- J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, created his world as a bedtime story for her young daughter. The single mother has gone on to gain a billionaire status...although she has since lost it. She also the only billionaire to lose their status because she has donated so much money to charity. Good Girl that Rowling. 

- The world of Harry Potter has long been credited with instilling a love of reading amongst my generation. There were many occasions that I forced my mother to go to Wal-Mart to pick up the latest book on its release date before I headed off to school. Going to midnight premiers of the movie became a tradition for my cousins and me. Upon the last one, I cried. Not only did I have to say good-bye to the characters I had grown to love so dearly, but my closest cousin in age had moved away...the first time we hadn't seen one together in ages.

Harry Potter, the boy who lived, lives in me. Well, in all of us. I can't even begin to describe every aspect of the wonderfully crafted story/universe. If you are a parent looking to introduce your young child to Harry Potter I suggest reading our blog A Summers Worth of Harry Potter. This blog is about Treyson's introduction the movie franchise and reading the first book. I hope you enjoyed the "slight introduction" to the world of Potter, until next time stay exceptionally chic & exquisitely geek.

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