I would like to wish a very happy birthday to JK Rowling and Harry Potter!
When I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I had no idea how much it would impact my life. I had no idea how much of an influence it would have on me.
It is now 2014 and I am pursuing my own writing career. A big reason for this is the influence Harry Potter had on me and I realized just how powerful a book could be. I always loved reading before, but it was then that I fully understood just what words could do and realized I wanted to do the same thing. I wanted to write something that could impact someone in the way JK Rowling’s writing impacted me.
By the time I finished reading the final book I had made a connection with the characters. I had found a second home at Hogwarts. The characters were like family and when one of them was lost I felt it like they were real. When the seventh novel was over, I will admit I cried. For a long time. I couldn’t believe it was all over. I couldn’t believe there wouldn’t be a new story to wait for. But even with the books finished, Hogwarts was still home and the characters were still family.
To this day I reread the books and rewatch the films and it’s like a new experience all over again. Harry Potter is still influencing my life in ways I never could have imagined. JK Rowling is still the biggest influence on my writing. I will be forever thankful to what she has done for me and for so many others. She made characters who are so different that there is always someone you can relate to; she made a home for people who felt alone. Whenever I have a bad day, I find sitting down and reading Harry Potter can always make it better. I believe JK Rowling said it best: “Whether you come back by page or by big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”