When I was 10 I begged my parents to rent out the DVD rental for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, being the well behaved daughter that I was my parents caved. I remember being in my room as the movie began and not realizing that this would be the very beginning of my story in the world of Harry Potter. I was so young at the time, barely finishing the fourth grade that my experience watching the movie was a different chapter of my life. The film was such an adventure for me while spooky in certain areas, I loved it as a kid. I continued to keep up with story of the dynamic trio consisting of Harry, Hermoine, and Ron by reading books 1-3 with the help of my cousin. She owned the books herself and was a much bigger fan than I was. Although I didn’t finish reading books 4-7, I was quick to watch the films in theaters as they came out.
Fast foward today, which would be a little over a decade and a half, my experience watching the films again and reading the books is staggering. Its as if I am being introduced to the world of Harry Potter for the first time. I am able to understand and see the little things I was never able to pick up when I was younger.
I was always envious of Harry when I was a little girl. He had all of the personality traits I wished to have.… Read the rest
Growing up, I didn’t really read much. I didn’t even read Harry Potter, but I did end up watching the films as they came out every year. I remember also having the “game boy color” in 2001, a green colored, portable, game boy color. I bought the second installment, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” for GBC, and then I played the game as much as I could. I learned spells like “Flipendo” and “Incendio”, and followed the plot of this story. Although it was a very basic way of following the storyline of the COS, I still enjoyed the game itself. I remember seeing the Harry Potter books on the shelves of my school libraries, but I never had the courage to pick them up and read them. I regret not reading the series growing up, but at least I can read them now as an adult.
Becoming a Literature major in college has opened up my appreciation for reading writing. I think that when I saw this class, I thought I could take it to open up my appreciation for Harry Potter more. I believe in the power of Literature and how it can change lives for the better, it has done so for me. I believe that Harry Potter will change my life for the better. Perhaps I will learn a thing or two about Ollivanders’ or more about Professor Snape, who I always saw as a villain: the possibilities are endless!
I have also taken my Pottermore quiz, and I was sorted into Hufflepuff!… Read the rest
What Harry Potter Taught Me
By Ashley Munoz
Every time I listen to how someone grew to love Harry Potter, they always tell me how they read it with their siblings or how their parents read it to them every night, they tell me how they stood in line during midnight releases and midnight showings for the movies. My parents never took me to those midnight releases or read the books to me, they were always too preoccupied with what was going on in their lives. I found out about Harry Potter from my older sister. We shared a room when we were kids. There were three of us girls. My older sister had her twin bed in the corner, and in the opposite side of the room, my twin sister and I had a bunkbed. I was on the top bunk, and every night I would watch my older sister read Harry Potter. I never really knew what she was reading, only that she loved it and I was very much interested. However, since it was her favorite book, I wasn’t really allowed to read it. My mom also would never let me read them because she thought I was too little for them, I was only eight years old and not at all too young. And so, I never knew what Harry Potter was until the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out in theaters. My mom took all of us to see it on Thanksgiving and I instantly fell in love with the story.… Read the rest
I first discovered Harry Potter when I was around 11 years old. My mother was the one who introduced me to the books. It was quite an unconventional first meeting, but it left an impression. My mother and I were grocery shopping at Sam’s Club and were passing thru the book section. While browsing thru I saw a book that caught my attention and it was a Harry Potter book; the Chamber of Secrets to be exact. My mother in an excited voice began to tell me about how she read both books for her English 101 class and she enjoyed it. She is not much of a reader as she says “every book I read puts me to sleep”. So if she was able to finish the book, it has to be good. So I went home that day with the first two books and my Hogwarts journey began. When I began reading it, I was hooked! I enjoy fantasy but what I really liked was the thought of a boarding school for magic.
I have always had a fascination and a romanticized idea of boarding schools. I always wanted to attend one as a kid and the possibility of attending one was slim so the books satisfied my curiosity and craving to attend one. My attachment for the franchise was ignited by the books but solidified by the films. I think it was because I was about the same age as the actors. So in a way I feel like I grew alongside the characters and each film served as a time capsule of my childhood.
I’ve had a lot of Harry Potter in my life. I grew up with my mom reading the early books to me and my siblings as we all cuddled up in the top bunk of my older brother’s bed. I remember watching the movies over and over. They were my parents go to movie to turn on when they needed to distract the kids because it was one of the few things all 4 of us could agree on without fighting. Finally, in middle school, I began to read the books on my own. By this point, I had already seen the first 5 movies, so I had a pretty deep understanding of the stories. I loved the books because I got a deeper understanding of the stories that I already knew. I especially LOVED the Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows because there were the first Harry Potter stories that were new to me. Since finishing the books at the ripe age of 13, I’ve read and reread the series many times. Theses days the Harry Potter movies are something that’s safe for me to turn on while I’m doing homework to have on in the background.
Last summer, I spent 2 months in Europe with my best friend from high school. My favorite part of the trip was the few days we spent in Edinburgh. The history of Harry Potter is so rich in the Edinburgh. I visited the Elephant Cafe, where JK Rowling spent much of her time writing the early novels.… Read the rest
I was first introduced to Harry Potter through the movies. My older brother was really into the books and went to see all of the movies when they were released in the theaters. He introduced me to this world when I was in elementary school and I have been hooked ever since. I remember watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time in 3rd grade and being amazed at what was happening before my eyes. The idea of magic and wizards captured my imagination; I began to look at the world with more wonder and captivity. I remember pretending to cast spells around the house and receiving my acceptance letter to a magical school far from my hometown. Although I stopped pretending to be a wizard as I got older, my imagination never faltered. The more movies I watched, the more my imagination grew and grew. I started to realize that there were no limits to my imagination, and I could create any story I wanted. This is how I discovered my love for creative writing. I realized that I could write anything I wanted to; I could create an entirely new world filled with different people and events that have never happened before. Not only did I fall in love with an amazing franchise, but I also discovered a new aspect of my personality that I never knew existed. Now whenever I rewatch the movies, I am reminded of the magic that first captivated me. Although I will never receive my acceptance letter to the real Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I can always use my imagination to transport me to worlds unknown.… Read the rest
I remember I was in elementary school but I do not remember what age or grade I was in. I do know however that I was becoming an avid reader and loved going to the library at school or the field trips we would take to our local library with our teachers. I was always isolated by my classmates so I took refuge in fantasy worlds in the books I’ve read. I recall one trip to the school library, I saw “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” book on the shelf. I would see some kids at school carrying the book around so I wanted to know how good it was. The cover of the book also intrigued me. When I checked it out and brought it home, my mother saw it and forced me to return it back to the library the next day. As her being a strict christian, she said I shouldn’t be reading books that talk about wizards or witches. It also didn’t help that in that moment, I would keep seeing news segments in Spanish of how dangerous reading those books can become and that they had to do with Satanism. I became angry because growing up, I know Spanish news is always exaggerating and I felt sad that my mother became influenced by that. As a good daughter though, I did return the book to the library without reading it. After the years I would feel left out when the series became bigger. As the years passed by, however, my mom became less strict and would even watch the Harry Potter movies that would come out on Spanish television.… Read the rest
Ever since I was a young the idea of magic and mythical creatures have always peaked my interest. Stories like the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and The chronicles of Narnia books were stories that I grew up reading. It wasn’t until I was a little older that I was introduced to Harry Potter. My earliest memory of seeing Harry Potter was when I was 13 years old and watching tv during winter break. I didn’t know what installment I was watching back then but now that I have seen all the movies I know I was watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I didn’t pay much attention to the film because I didn’t know much about the plot that was going on throughout the movie. However one scene really captured my attention which was the bus scene with the talking head, I was both freaked out by the head but entertained by the moving bus driving crazy in the streets of London.
From then on, I wasn’t interested in reading or seeing any of the Harry Potter books or movie even though I had some friends that were telling me that I should. They were big Harry Potter fans and would often discuss about the films and movies. I ended up learning some things about Harry Potter for example I learned about the different houses at Hogwarts and what they represent and I also learned some spells like Expecto Patronus and Avada Kedavra.
It wasn’t until my Final year at Cal State Dominguez Hills that I finally took an interest in watching and reading Harry Potter.… Read the rest
Like most that start their journey through the books, I began mine with the films. Till this day I wish I read all the books when I was younger because my friends talk about how amazing the books are. Since my mother knew that I did not like to read much, I remember her coming home with a new DVD movie that displayed a castle along with four characters. As I kept looking at the cover I was reminded of The Pagemaster and thought it would be the same, yet, I was wrong. Once the movie ended I felt hooked and wanted to see more of Harry, Ron, and Hermion’s adventures. I dreamt to one day receive a letter from Hogwarts or imagined that one day my cat would transform into a person like Professor McGonagall. I thank JK Rowling for creating a world where individuals like myself can escape and get lost in a magic world of wizards and witches. One of the most exciting moments of my life was when I heard that they were creating Hogsmead in Universal Studios Hollywood. As soon as the piece of land was done I had a friend who told me that they were accepting applications for the main attraction called, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. I was hesitant to apply but ended up getting the job, and a couple days later found myself dressing up just like a student at Hogwarts. It felt so surreal to be able to not only dress up, but also walk through the castle when there were no guests.… Read the rest