My "Getting Into Harry Potter" story is quite...unique, at least, in my opinion.
I admit, it all started way back when Sorceror's Stone
came out on VHS/DVD. My family was visiting my aunt and uncle out-of-state, so they decided to rent a movie for us. It happened to be just that: Sorceror's Stone
. Now, you have to understand: Harry Potter wasn't a household name for us. In fact, my mother had bought into the whole Harry-Potter-is-evil scheme, without knowing a thing about it, and had not let my sister and I get sucked into the "hype" when it came out. Fortunately for her, we were homeschooled at the time, so we weren't really exposed to it anyway. I didn't even know what this "Harry Potter" stuff was about.
However, when we watched the movie (which, yes, my mom allowed), I thought it wasn't all that bad. (My sister's 6-year-old self was so scared by the trolls and other scary things, however, that she fell asleep. =) Anyway.) Still, though, with my mom not willing to let us read the books, I hadn't gotten sucked into the hype...yet.
In 7th grade--3 years later--I met a girl who was soon to be one of my best friends. Her entire family was completely HP-obsessed. At her house, one day, we decided to watch SS
again...this time with me actually caring. I loved it. A few days later, we watched Chamber of Secrets
. Me being scared of snakes, and even more scared of spiders, I screamed a lot. And yet...I still loved it. That was a pretty big accomplishment. The months after that are a bit blurry, but I know I met two more best friends--both of whom were actually as equally obsessed as my other friend, AshLe. We began to talk about it more and more, and even would RPG over AIM...it was so fun, I had to read the books! It took A LOT of convincing that Harry Potter wasn't evil, and actually had many morals, for my mom to relent, but she did. By then I had seen the Prisoner of Azkaban
movie with AshLe, too, yet it was so confusing without having read the book, I didn't care much for it.
It was then that my sister brought home the PoA
book from her school library. I was ecstatic. I read it in 2 nights...and from then on have been more of a Marauder fangirl then I will ever be of HP. And that says a lot.
And when Half-Blood Prince
and the Goblet of Fire
movie came out, they were my first experiences with being a part of the fandom. We went all-out, dressing in HP attire and ordering tickets and books far before the date of release. My mom also saw GoF--and now knows what's going on, on top of completely approving and justifying that HP has great morals ("If Harry hadn't saved the little Delacour girl, she might've gotten hurt!", etc.)
I admit, I did read the books in a bizarre order--3, 4, 6, 5, 1...and have yet to read CoS. Oddly enough, though, I do know the ENTIRE plot, talk about it frequently, have aquired many HP avatars, belong to a Marauder forum and just very recently HOL. It's a pretty pathetic--yet wonderful--lifestyle, and I am proud to have been transformed from a deprived Muggle into the intrigued, fangirly Jo-admirer that I am today.Morgana Sullivan
(Ravenclaw, mo803, USA)