Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Marvellous Memories

 With the latest release of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, my mind's been flashing back to the times when Harry Potter frequently took over my life. I have always loved the books, and began my love for Harry Potter when my parents brought the first book to read to my sister and I when we were much younger. I've read the books, ridden my own Nimbus 2000 and have binged watched the movies more times than I can remember. It's safe to say Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life and many others from my generation too!


Reading the first book all by myself

I remember being in year three, and feeling like such a champion because I was reading a "grown up" book. It took what feels like forever, but I did it and I remember being so proud of myself once I'd gotten to the end of the book. I've read the first few pages of the first book more times than I've had birthdays I'm pretty sure - especially as I remember having to read it and count the first 100 words in the very same year three class!

Riding a Nimbus 2000 round the garden

One year, my sister and I got a Nimbus 2000 for Christmas. As you can imagine, this was pretty bloody exciting. I remember taking it in turns to ride the shiny new broomstick vs. riding the old manky garden broom! Obviously, our imaginations ran wild and we would run around on our "broomsticks" for hours in the garden.

Watching the films for the first time/Binge watching the films in general

I remember going to see the very first film with my cousins when we went to stay with them in Liverpool. I remember being petrified by Lord Voldemort, but completely enthralled by this magical series before my eyes. In second year, Dan and I binge watched all of the movies together in one weekend, and it was amazing. He didn't really grow up with the books, so it's been nice to relive the magic all over again!

The Books, and the Smell of them

Hear me out...One of the best things about the books is that distinct Harry Potter book smell. I've never smelt any other book which smells the same as the Harry Potter series - including the new "Cursed Child" play script! It's a happy smell, and one that takes me back to the new releases of the books and how exciting it was! It also takes me back to the bittersweet day that The Deathly Hallows was released. I remember spending summer after summer reading the series lying in my grandparents garden, what a memory!

Visiting the Harry Potter studio tours

We visited when Hogwarts was in the snow, and I loved this. The films really remind me of Winter and Christmas, so it was so nice to see the set and the props with a Wintery theme! Despite what many others have said, I actually really enjoyed Butter beer too!

Are you part of the Harry Potter generation? What are your favourite memories about the series?

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  1. I've just been on the studio tour and I too loved the butterbeer! There's something so special about Harry Potter - this summer I re-read all the books and loved seeing where I had written my name in them in different coloured gel pens as a child. I loved the books then and I still do now! xx

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    1. Yay! The Butterbeer is great - so pleased you like it too. Yes there really is, it's just so magical. I loved gel pens too; great choice! XX

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  2. So I didn't grow up in the HP gen but I remember having bks 1 and 2, bringing book 1 to work with me and finishing it in the first few minutes of my lunch hour. Even though I had the 2nd one at home I STILL rushed out to get it again so I could read all through my break. JK Rowling is a real hero of mine too, she's such an inspiration

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    1. Ah that's great! Once you start the books they became addictive - I remember being so excited when there was one about to be released! She is INCREDIBLE. To be where she is now, and how generous she is, it's just amazing. She comes across as very humble - love her! XX

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  3. I visited during hogwarts in the snow and it was SO beautiful, so captivating & magical!

    Katie // wordsbykatie.com

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    1. It is pretty special in the snow! I love that feeling of knowing Christmas is coming because Harry Potter is on xx

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