Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hogwarts, Here I Come!

Location: Bed
Listening to: Zoolander
Days Without Fast Food: 7
That's right, folks. I have officially been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. How jealous are you?

I remember first reading the Harry Potter books when I was maybe in first grade. My mom had heard about them from and ordered the first and second books to see if they were any good. Of course, they were absolutely phenomenal and somewhat life changing.

As a kid, I was a huge nerd with a surprisingly high reading level. I was able to read and understand the books more or less by myself. I mean, I thought "Hermione" was pronounced "Herman" and was completely baffled about why a girl had that name. But no one knew how to pronounce it until Jo Rowling was interviewed and said it.

I have been reading the HP books ever since. Many of the multiple times. In third grade, I met one of my best friends because his family moved and he started attending my elementary school, and we both loved Harry Potter. He and I and two of my other friends would play Chamber of Secrets at recess, usually with me being Ginny and sitting slumped against the playground equipment until someone came to save me. Other times, I would beg to incorporate Hermione into the scene so I could save everyone with my mad logic skillz.

Anyway, my life would be pretty different without the influence Harry Potter has had on it. Two of my favorite nights were midnight premieres of HP movies. Another time, my friend's mom won tickets to the first showing of Sorcerer's Stone in our town, and I won a full sized movie poster. It was super cool. It got lost somewhere in my house when we painted my room about seven years ago, though. I really should try to track it down again. It would be a nice touch to my dorm room.

Mostly, when I said I was a huge nerd as a kid, I meant, "I'm a huge nerd."

Recently, my friend Jess and her boyfriend, Joe, went to Harry Potter world at Universal Studios in Florida for Spring Break. I was hugely jealous, but Jess is an awesome person and brings me cool things from her vacations. Last year for spring break, she went to Disney and brought me back a Star Wars bank with Mickey and Minnie as Luke and Leia. This year, I asked for her to send me a Hogwarts acceptance letter from the Owlery in Hogsmeade.

And she did.

It was really clever of her. She wrote it as McGonagall, apologizing for losing my original acceptance letter eight years ago and mourning the loss of my contributions to Wizard society. And then Jess wrote a bit about how I'm awesome and magical, even though I never got to attend the (fictional) wizard school of my dreams.

Pretty much, my life is awesome. I'm really enjoying BEDA so far. I love that everyone is posting every day so I have more to read! Thanks to Kal and Allyson for the awesome comments! You guys make me smile. :)

More tomorrow!


  1. That's so cute! Hooray for Hogwarts! I always just like to pretend my college campus is actually Hogwarts (for reals, we have castles). Harry Potter is a huge part of my life, too. I don't know what I'd have been like if I hadn't had Harry Potter. I guess I wouldn't be able to say that I'm a real life Hermione based on my big, curly hair and love of learning!

    I also wouldn't be able to annoy my roommates by point my pencil at, say an orange, and shout "Accio Orange!" over and over until they get annoyed and throw it to me.

  2. I remember driving through the Canadian Rockies when I heard this talk radio show on the CBC. They were interviewing librarians about their recommendations for kids and they were all excited about this new book by a British author that had the possibility to change the way that kids read books. Of course it was 'Harry Potter'. I found the book and that fall started reading it to my class everyday. It changed my life too. I don't know what I am going to do when the final movie is over. I don't want to let go of this time in my life either. I am jealous that you were at the perfect age to make these books at part of your childhood the way the 'Chronicles of Narnia' were a part of mine.

  3. Oh my gosh, best friend ever. :]

    I know what you mean about awesome HP, memories. Literally some of my favorite High School memories were those midnight HP premiers.

  4. OMG I love it! :-))

  5. I'm really hoping to go to Universal Studios next year and Harry Potter World is a must! I was actually looking it up online today and I so plan on posting myself stuff from the owlery. Is that sad? Probably. But I don't care lol