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06 January 2014 @ 01:04 pm
Snowflake Challenge Day #6  


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Day Six

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.


There are probably several things that I could put here, But I am going to have to go with Harry Potter.

I would say that I have a somewhat obsessive personality when it comes to books/movies/tv shows etc. especially when they are of the fantasy/sci-fi genre and can take me out of my everyday world and transport me into literally magical and fantastic universes. I have loved many of these worlds and mediums over the years, but none affected me as early and as profoundly as Harry Potter.

I received the first 3 books as a gift when I was in fifth or sixth grade and immediately fell in love with the series. The memories I have of the books and movies is so completely entwined with my childhood, it's hard to imagine another series having a greater impact on my life.

I remember my sister taking my copy of CoS camping and leaving it in the rain, an act that inspired a rage that was probably a little overkill, but felt completely justified. I would beg my parents to take me to Costco the day a new book was released (they were so cheap there!) and read the entire book through in one sitting, literally taking the book with me into the bathroom and to the dinner table. When HBP came out, we were flying home from a family vacation in Florida, and the second we got home, we headed right back out the door so I could by the book. I get carsick if I read in the car, and those car-rides home would be torturous, the book sitting in my lap just begging to be read! I get very emotional when reading a book or watching a show/movie, and when Dumbledore died? I was just sobbing on my bed when my sister came to call me to dinner and I legitimately freaked her out with how upset I was.

The movies almost usually came out in November, and so we would go and see them as a family for my birthday. The first move was actually released on my birthday and I was so excited to see it after school! Unfortunately, my glass literally snapped in half that day (really could have used an Occulus Reparo!) and I remember sitting through the entire movie, holding the two halves of my glasses up to my face so I could watch it! And of course, once I was old enough my friends and I would go to the midnight showings, wearing homemade HP themed t-shirts! The HBP movie's midnight showing was the day of my college orientation and I had fallen down some steps and twisted my ankle pretty badly. But there was no way I was missing the movie, so I took a few painkillers and hobbled into the theater!

I always obsessively checked Veritaserum and Mugglenet for updates on the books and movies, but dismissed fanfiction as something silly (poor, misguided younger-me) and it wasn't until November 2012 that I discovered the joys of HP fanfic, and I have been hooked ever since. It has been a truly fantastic and enjoyable way to keep the magic of Harry potter alive for me, and I am so glad that the community is still so active and vibrant!
 
 
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Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on January 6th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
This post put tears in my eyes. It's been a long times since I read something speaking that powerfully about what books can mean in people's lives. Thank you for that.
The memories I have of the books and movies is so completely entwined with my childhood, it's hard to imagine another series having a greater impact on my life.
I cannot tell you how much I envy you and your generation for this experience. I guess, we had the Beatles (at least for me it was the Beatles) and reading LotR when it actually came out in Germany. But it was never that kind of a childhood experience as the HP books were.
wicked smut goddessgracerene on January 6th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
This is so sweet, thank you! I honestly didn't expect that anyone would read this, I rambled on for way too long. I definitely feel very lucky that i got to grow up with the Trio! :)
cunning as a weevilfirethesound on January 7th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
This is such a sweet post you've made. I've been having a lot of fun reading all of these, and it's interesting that for this one everyone has said Harry Potter, and it's just fascinating that it's impacted so many people in so many different ways. I sort of envy people these experiences because I came late to the series.

This: "It has been a truly fantastic and enjoyable way to keep the magic of Harry potter alive for me, and I am so glad that the community is still so active and vibrant!" is EXACTLY how I feel about it as well.

And there's no such thing as overkill when a book has been left in the rain. :)
slashedsilverslashedsilver on January 7th, 2014 08:46 am (UTC)
This is such a beautiful story. It's incredible to see shades of my own story in yours, and I imagine every Harry Potter fan will go through that same wonderful excitement for the books and the movies. I'm certain the fandom will never truly go away ♥
wicked smut goddessgracerene on January 7th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you! It has been fun seeing people's stories of how Harry Potter changed their lives! :)