I’ll be perfectly honest. There was a time when I didn’t have any interest in Harry Potter. In fact, I hated every thing that had to do with the character and the whole franchise it was becoming. This probably comes as a real shock to anyone who’s read my content. After all, I’ve won prices based on my Harry Potter content, not to mention hundreds of thousands of page views. But, I didn’t always have a love for the character. And, to be perfectly honest yet again, there was one final moment in the series that I didn’t agree with and never will. Do be warned, these confessions contain spoilers.
Around the year 2000, I purchased the first Harry Potter book while ordering from a book club. The book had been really hot for the past year or so in America and I wanted to see what it was all about. Upon its arrival, I read the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and wasn’t impressed at all. The book got stuck on the shelf until it was finally given away. Even J.K. Rowling has admitted that her friends found the first chapter hard to swallow. My first introduction to Harry Potter only caused indifference on my part. It wasn’t until 2001 that my hatred of the character began.
During the holiday season of 2001, I found myself working as a cashier for Walmart. I worked third shift hours and part of my duties was putting away merchandise people decided they didn’t want. Probably 75% of this merchandise was Harry Potter memorabilia. After all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone had just hit the big screen and kids had Harry Potter fever. Their parents on the other hand did not. So when parents discovered the merchandise in the buggy it was quickly tossed aside somewhere in the store or at the register. Oh, how I hated Harry Potter.
A few short months later, I found myself at home with nothing to watch. I turned over to the movie channels and spotted Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I grudgingly gave in and began to watch the movie. It was then that I note only drank the Kool-Aid, I must have bathed in it. I quickly began wondering what I’d been missing. The movie was awesome. Soon after that I ordered books 1 – 4 (the only ones available at the time). Though, I have to admit that I only read book one at the time.
The year 2005 was soon upon me and I found myself with no satellite access. Even with a vast selection of DVDs and internet access, I found myself quickly bored to tears. It was then that I consumed books 2 – 4 as if they were an addictive drug. I read day and night. I couldn’t put the books down. I quickly finished them just in time for the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
After that I was considered your average Harry Potter nutcase. That is until the summer of 2007 when the final Harry Potter book was released. All fans wondered, “Would Harry Potter die?” I made many speculations as to what would happen. I even wrote the article, Harry Potter Book 7 Predictions: Just What Will Happen in Book 7?. But, even I wasn’t prepared for what J.K. Rowling would do in the final chapters of this great saga.
This is my biggest confession. As a true Harry Potter fan I was honestly sickened by how the book ended. To me it would have been a more powerful ending if Harry Potter had truly died for the cause. The fact that he was brought back to life was disappointing. It’s as if J.K. Rowling was trying to protect all the young readers and make every thing into a fairy tale ending. I for one didn’t buy it. In fact, I was almost angry about the ending. If that weren’t enough, the epilogue was so sugary sweet I almost choked on it.
Yes, I was disappointed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But, I still love the series. J.K. Rowling spun a wonderful tale, but more importantly, she did what most children’s authors have failed to do. J.K. Rowling truly captured the attention of children. She changed how children spent their free time. Soon it wasn’t all about video games. Instead it was about getting wrapped up in a good book and for most young fans, this love of books still continues. Young fans can’t get enough of the fantasy genre and seek out books that offer the same thrills that Harry Potter did.
My indifference may have become hatred, transformed into love, only to end in disappointment. But, isn’t that what some of the greatest love affairs in history have been all about? Harry Potter is by no means perfect, but it’s awfully close.