When Harry Potter turned eleven, he got a letter from Hogwarts telling him that he was a wizard. When I turned eleven, all I got in the mail was a card from my uncle with no money in it. I bet you didn’t get your Hogwarts letter either.
Now, that just isn’t fair.
Then again, most of us weren’t living in a spider-infested cupboard under the stairs in the house of our only living relatives who couldn’t stand the sight of us. Harry was. In addition, he wasn’t fed enough food, had to wear his overweight cousin’s too-big, hand-me-down clothes, and get beat up on the daily by said overweight cousin. Plus, he had to deal with his aunt and uncle’s endless attempts to snuff the life out of him for no reason.
But man, when he turned eleven, things changed.
Harry Potter was the boy who lived. He was the boy who went from being scrawny, scruffy and unassuming to powerful, resilient and heroic. He may not have grown up in a wizarding family, but Harry Potter was going to be the one to save the wizarding world from the darkest wizard of them all: Lord Voldemort.
Over the course of 7 novels written by one of the most famous authors of our time, readers all over the world turned into rabid fans. We can’t get enough Harry Potter. We never could. We’d wait for each new book or movie to come out with the same tantalization as an addict waiting for the latest yield of their chosen drug.
Can you believe that the first novel was published in Britain on June 26, 1997? The last novel came 10 years later, on July 21, 2007. Fans were upset, but we still had the films to look forward to. That is, until the last Harry Potter movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) hit theaters on July 15, 2011.
The story was over, but the fandom lives on.
Since July is a sacred month for Potterheads, today we are celebrating the book and movie series that changed our lives for the better and made us believe in magic.
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