Twenty years of Harry Potter Magic!

On this day, exactly twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hit the book shelves, setting up the foundation for a magical, literary phenomena spread over several books (you can’t forget the spinoffs!) and multi-million dollar movie franchise. It’s been twenty years since wizards, witches, and Muggles became mainstream!

It’s been twenty years (two decades!!!!) since the Harry Potter books were published. Twenty years since the Boy Who Lived stole hearts all over the world. I hope that this series continues to entertain several more generations. Twenty years! It’s so hard to believe. But twenty years or what, these books still haven’t lost their charm. I don’t think they ever will… because this is one such book series that will steal your hearts and hold them captive forever. And the best part is that you’ll love every bit of this captivity!

I was introduced to Hogwarts and this magical series when I was seven years old. Ever since I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone, to some of you), I had been branded for life. And now at 22, I’ve spent most of my life (15 long years!) obsessing over this series. I’ve been a Potterhead for so long, that I can be safely classified as a Harry Potter nerd.

It made me realize that reading was fun and also that there were books that I could actually read and understand! Every year, during my summer vacations I used to re-read all the books in the series. (read: the ones that had been published till date) That should explain why I’m so obsessed with Harry Potter even today. 😀 It wasn’t the first book that I read but it was the first to occupy a place in my heart. As a child, this was one book series that I could connect to and the movie franchise further fuelled my obsession.

I had been totally obsessed with the books, the movie series it had spawned, and in short, anything and everything, that was even remotely related to Harry Potter. Needless to say, I own all seven books and they are the most battered books in my collection; made worse for wear, by the countless times I’ve read them, over and over again.

So obsessed had I been, that I had even gone to the trouble of making a scrapbook of sorts, and filled it completely with almost every “Harry Potter” newspaper cuttings, that I could lay my hands on. I would carefully cut-out any article that appeared in the newspaper that was even remotely connected to Harry Potter. As a 90’s kid, I didn’t have constant access to the internet those days and so I treasured (read hoarded) those newspaper cut-outs. 😀 My scrapbook contains all those meticulously sourced newspaper cut-outs, my own commentaries, and notes, a list of all the spells that have ever been cast at one point or other in the series, and much more. It is clearly one of my most treasured possessions. If I’d been living in London (or at the very least, had the means to get to London.) I’d have stood in line, waiting for hours on end, wearing a cloak, just to get a signed copy from J.K. Rowling.

So if you haven’t already read this amazing series, go ahead and pick up the first book. Please!

P.S: I love Pottermore. When I took the sorting test, I ended up in Hufflepuff. Any other fellow Hufflepuffs here?

P.P.S: Well… Okay then, I’m off to start a marathon God-knows-what-number-it-is-“re-reading”-session of Harry Potter. I just had to write a post to record this moment! (The things you tend to do when you’re a self-confessed Potterhead!) 😀

“After all this time?”

“Always”

© 2017 Shweta Suresh. All rights reserved.

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121 thoughts on “Twenty years of Harry Potter Magic!

  1. You certainly did have a magical childhood. I really don’t remember the number of times we all cousins have seen each part and read each book atleast once.

    When we all tried pottermore, I was the only one to get gryffindor. My cousins were all a lot Jealous.

    By the way, have you read the new theory by JKR about Harry Potter Twin? and Facebook has been all HP since a week! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this post.. 🙂

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    1. Hey, apologies for the very late reply. And Wow! I’ve never got Griffindor (and yes, I’ve tried many times but then I decided to be happy being a Hufflepuff. 😁😁😁) Harry Potter was such a huge influence! I have lost track of the number of times I’ve read the books and watched the movies. 😂
      Oh yes, I heard that one of Harry’s ancestors was named Harry Potter too! It’s so fun when JKR drops a new detail or confirms a fan theory. 😁
      Thank you so much for reading. Glad to know that you’re a fan of this series too. 😀

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    1. gasps in surprise 😂😂😂😂 Ohh O, I’m glad you rectified the mistake. 😀 I have certainly written a lot. 😛 (Over 100 posts for your reading pleasure if you’re willing to go deep into the archived posts 😉😛😂)

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    1. That’s one of the best things around to lift up our moods. Glad to meet someone who’s just as crazy about this series as I am! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. 😊

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  2. I am a true Harry Potter nerd as well, haha 😀 I am also a nineties kid and grew up with Harry and everyone, so I can totally understand you. Loved reading this post, Marina x
    P.S. I am a Gryffindor

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    1. Hi5, Marina! I’m a 90s kid too and it was such fun to grow up with such amazing characters! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed reading this post. Thank you so much. Glad to have meet a fellow Potterhead. 😀
      P.S: I’m a Hufflepuff 😀
      Thanks a lot for stopping by and reading and apologies for the late reply! 😊

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    1. Hey! I’m so glad to meet another Harry Potter nerd. 😁😁😁 It must be so exciting for you to introduce it to your kid. I hope that they will come to love this series as much as we do.

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      1. Me too! It is! Although right now she defiantly prefers the films & collectables! But she now has Harry Potter bedding so I feel as if I’m winning at this motherhood stuff 😂👍🏻

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