So, our next letter is ‘H’. H for… Harry Potter.
Great! I could never have thought that one day I will love this series to this extent. I still couldn’t believe that I read all those books in one go.
I was never a Harry Potter fan and never really had that urge to read HP books. I remember my cousin read that series and praised it a lot and asked me to read but I gently shrugged off her request by saying that ‘I won’t like those highly imaginative HP books.’ At that time, I was about 10 or 11 years old. But, when today someone asks me about what would be my favourite series of books, I will gleefully scream ‘Harry Potter’. And this whole transformation credit goes to my dearest friend who literally forced me to read these books.
I marked it in this year’s resolution calendar to read this series. I started reading the first book of the series ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ without much excitement, as the only motto to read the book was to impress my friend. (*Laughs*) But as I read further and came on the 2 or 3 chapter, my interest suddenly shot up and I ended up reading first 5 books in just 11 days. That was the fastest reading speed in which I read any series of books. And I started loving it to such an extent that I decided to watch the movies too (which I used to avoid before).
I won’t mind sharing that I don’t like HP series of movies much because they don’t show the whole story and it was a huge disappointment for me. I realised not all movie adaptations of books are good. They mould the concept as per their business strategies and that’s where the actual story is lost. And it’s quite okay too, how much of a story can they show in 3 hours? So, justified enough! But, book lovers like me prefer books over movies.
That is how the magical world of Hogwarts created by J.K. Rowling cast its charm on me too. I love each and every character whether it is Harry, Ron, Hermione, Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid, that snowy white owl – Hedwig, the cute house elf – Dobby and other characters too. All thanks to the Queen who wrote such a wonderful series of books. Now I regret refusing my cousin who wanted to introduce this magical world to me in my childhood. I miss that but I’ll make sure my child would start her reading journey with Harry Potter Books.
I can never thank you enough my friend for introducing me to this series. You not only introduced but forced me to read it! And I ended up loving them.
See you again with the next letter and the memories attached with that.