Take a second and think about Harry Potter.
REALLY think about it, not just about the books and the movies, but about the fandom, and the lives it has changed and the phenomenon it is. Think about how when Jo Rowling started writing the beginning of Philosopher’s Stone over 17 years ago she had no idea that her words “There won’t be a child in our world who doesn’t know his name!” would actually become reality. Think about all of the character’s lives, even though they’re not, in a literal sense, real, and about how we’ve taken book characters and have made them real, “in the collective consciousness of a generation” as Dan Radcliffe once put it. Think about how one piece of music from a scene in a movie can make you tear up, and about that strange part nostalgic, part saddening and part inexplicably and overwhelmingly joyful feeling that this phenomenon can evoke. Isn’t it amazing? I certainly think it is. And that is why this is a Harry Potter appreciation post, on a Harry Potter appreciation blog, posted by someone who lives a Harry Potter appreciation life, because Jo, you created something bigger than all of us, and even though I can never thank you enough for it, I can try.
So thank you to Jo Rowling, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, Chris Columbus, Bloomsbury, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Yates, Richard Harris, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis,
oh gosh, I’m leaving someone really really important out aren’t I and everyone ever involved in the Harry Potter films ever, who I won’t name because if I did this post would take up about three miles of dashboard.