Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TTT: Top 10 Reasons I Love Harry Potter

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie where we get to blog about something near and dear to our hearts. Seeing as I have currently immersed myself in the Wizarding World once again, I thought I'd write down the Top Ten Reasons I Love Harry Potter. 

1) The Story Itself
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An epic tale that takes place over seven books, Harry Potter is one of the most complex, creative, and ambitious stories about the triumph of good over evil in all of literature. Harry Potter is popular for a reason - it's an absolute masterpiece of storytelling. 

2) Every time I reread it, I discover something new
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Anyone who dismisses the Harry Potter series as 'children's books' has probably never read the series - or at least never revisited it. There are so many layers to each one of the books and each one is connected to another in some way. Every time I reread Harry Potter, I stumble across something new - and it almost feels like reading it for the very first time.

3) It takes me back to my childhood
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I discovered Harry Potter when I was about 8 years old and the books became a huge part of my childhood. I read and reread them ferociously - and I'm still rereading them into my adulthood. I still get that special sense of wonder and enchantment whenever I read a Harry Potter book and I credit the series for preventing me from turning into a cynical and jaded adult.

4) The HP fandom is incredible
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I've met some wonderful people, both online and in real life, who share my love for Harry Potter. I'm just so amazed that the fandom has continued to grow and is always producing new artwork, fanfiction, theories, and discoveries. Is the fandom perfect? No, of course not. There are some toxic elements to it that are unfortunately found in most fandoms. (The recent furor over the casting of a black Hermione I find particularly troublesome.) But for the most part, people in the fandom are warm, accepting people and I am proud to belong to it.

5) Harry Potter inspired me to be a writer

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When I wasn't reading Harry Potter, I was imagining myself living in the world of it, creating stories in my mind that took place at Hogwarts. Basically, I was writing fanfiction in my head. Doing this inspired me to imagine my own fictional world, with my own characters and storylines. J.K. Rowling has been such an inspiration to me over the years, and it's thanks to her that I continue to pursue my dream of one day becoming a published author. 

6) Harry Potter lets me escape from reality
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This I could say about reading in general, but whenever I read Harry Potter, I actually feel like I'm inhabiting a parallel universe. If there was a way I could climb inside the pages and live at Hogwarts, I would.

7) The various creatures are...fantastic
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I've always loved books that feature mythical creatures and Harry Potter is chock-full of some of my favorites. I love how Rowling put her own spin on existing mythical beasts as well as creating her own. Dragons, phoenixes, thestrals, hippogriffs...I love them all and could not be more excited for the Fantastic Beasts film!

8) The humor in the books
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Each and every book has some fantastic jokes that still make me laugh to this day. I've found, strangely enough, that as the books get darker, they also get funnier. 

9) Severus Snape
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My favorite character in the Harry Potter series is, and will always be, Severus Snape. There is something about him that I really empathize with and connect to. I know there's the whole controversy about Harry naming his kid after him, and OMG he was such a bully and blah, blah, blah...But no. In my opinion, he is an absolute gift of a character, and I would love to see the Harry Potter series from Snape's POV. (Hint, hint, J.K. Rowling!)

10) Harry Potter taught me what it means to be a good person

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Reading Harry Potter taught me to not judge people based on appearance and to accept people for who they are. It taught me the meaning of true friendship and empathy. It taught me what unconditional love is. Most importantly, Harry Potter taught me that those who fear death are also afraid of life. I learned what really matters in life, thanks to Harry Potter.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


  1. Yes! :)

    I'm beyond excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

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  2. I love re-reading and find new details to cherish.

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