I just want to preface this by saying that a few weeks ago I listened to the philosopher’s stone soundtrack whilst on a flight – staring out of the window, trying not to sob. It was perhaps the best thing to happen ever. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.
Harry Potter is without any shadow of doubt, one of my favourite things to have ever existed. It fills me with so much happiness that it’s actually weird. Luckily I’m not the only one – so I compiled a list of things that my fellow Potterheads will understand (luv u guys let’s play Quidditch sometime soon yh?)
- You still worry about the chance that you’re a squib,
I just couldn’t live with myself…not that squibs are any less important #equalityforall
- Or that you’re letter never made it to you,
Living everyday holding onto the knowledge that Voldemort’s ministry deleted all muggleborn records between 1985-1998. That must be the only reason, right?!
- Years later, the deaths of certain characters continue to ruin your day,
A lot of great people died okay, I don’t even want to think about it.
- You’re baffled when people don’t know what house they’re in,
Do us all a favour (and let me know your results.) I’m a Hufflepuff, sure you’re dying to know.
- You re-read the books once a year
& it is a perfectly acceptable use of your time!!
- You will always have a deep rooted hatred for Peter Pettigrew.
He was their friend. And he betrayed them. HE WAS THEIR FRIEND.
- If the chance came, you would drop everything and be a mature student at Hogwarts.
- You’ve accepted the fact that you’d spend extortionate amounts on a toilet brush if it had the Hogwarts shield emblazoned on it.
- Nothing brings you more joy (or jealousy) than seeing someone experience Harry Potter for the first time.
- No franchise will ever compare!
Yeah Lord of the Rings is great and everything but where’s Sirius?
- It still hurts to think that the series ended (but you accept that it was time to let go)
Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts just isn’t the same really, let’s be honest.
- And when somebody says that they preferred fantastic beasts:
- You may have spent a
yearweek or two doing absolutely nothing but playing Pottermore in bed.
Why is it so addictive JK, why?
- Whilst people around you scoff at a friend that owns a wand you’re screaming “WHO’S WAND? WHAT’S THE CORE MATERIAL?”
- You spend hours watching “12 things you never noticed about Harry Potter” videos, only to be disappointed that you learnt nothing new.
- You shamelessly listen to the soundtrack and have maybe forced friends to play it at the pub.
- You’re still waiting for the day that somebody buys you a Hogwarts uniform,
You even make incredibly subtle hints about it in blog posts.
- You constantly find yourself thinking about spells that would make your life 100x easier,
- Now that you’re a real life adult you can’t help but have conversations about how complex Harry Potter is.
The underlying messages about racism, class hierarchy and government corruption make it a true gift to literature.
- You still feel an overwhelming sense of joy reading the words “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
- All of your future pets (and children) have already got Potter themed names.
- You’re still kept awake at night by some of the best things that were left out of the films…
Where was Peeves? Where was Harry giving the twins his tournament winnings? Where was S.P.E.W? Why was there no mention of Ron winning the Quidditch cup? Where was Voldy’s back story? WHERE WAS THE UNVEILING THAT RITA SKEETER WAS AN ILLEGAL ANIMAGUS?! I’m calm, I’m calm. Get prepared for this to be a separate post of anger.
- Some of the character portrayals in the films deeply, deeply upset you.What happened to Ginny Weasley?
- “Aren’t you a little old to still be into Harry Potter?”
- Harry Potter has been the bonding moment between you and some of your best friends,
Will taking Harry Potter quizzes and discussing which character you relate most with whilst ignoring all of the muggles at a party ever get old?
- You know that even when you’re 52, you’ll pick up a Harry Potter book or walk through a place that looks vaguely like Diagon Alley and be filled with warmth and fuzziness, thinking about all of the happiness that JK bought you (thanks gal.)