Once upon a time...
Honestly, it does feel like that long ago. I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading the HP books. I believe that the first time I read Philosopher's Stone was shortly before Prisoner of Azkaban came out.
Now what you need to know is that I have an insatiable appetite for books. Whether there was any hype about HP or not, I would have read the series regardless, probably just later than sooner. The hype just makes it more fun
Anyway, I believe that my mom bought PS because we had heard so much about it, and of course, we both devoured it rather quickly (since it is such a short book after all). Next came CoS of course, and luckily PoA came out shortly after, so pretty much bang, bang, bang and we were both through the three released books. I am a huge fan of any kind of literature, so the fact that they were labelled as kid lit didn't mean anything. I mean, I still read Nancy Drew once in a while just for fun!
I am exceedingly envious of those of you who have just discovered the series recently, as you have not had to deal with the waiting for the next book! Oh, how I pined for Goblet of Fire. I marked the days until Order of the Phoenix (and read it in 24 hrs!) For Half Blood Prince, I was actually working as an intern in Germany (and had been there for a year) and so I promised myself that I wouldn't buy it until I got home, because I couldn't afford the weight of a hardcover book in my luggage, never mind everything else I was bringing back! But then one day I walked by the Hugendubel bookstore, and lo and behold there were English versions so neatly stacked... I could almost hear them calling my name! So I bought it
Now this all makes me sound obssessed enough...but I have yet to mention that before every new book comes out, I read all the previous ones to catch up again! Even for Half Blood Prince, while I was in Germany, my family came to visit twice, so I had them bring the books in rotation! The PoA film I actually saw in German first (very strange, let me tell you) and it's a darn good thing I knew the plot, because I had to sit there whispering the whole story to my boyfriend because we had only just arrived overseas and didn't speak any German yet.
So that is my story of Harry Potter. I will be so devastated when I finish that last book and know that JK Rowling won't be continuing the story.. however, I'll still have all the other books to read, and reread, and reread, and reread, and......
Brenna Westfeld (Gryffindor, br818, Canada)