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Watching the last Harry Potter movie the other day made me realize that the whole series has been a part of my life for so many years. I remember reading the books back in high school. My mom was the one who discovered the series and she bought the first two books here in Manila. Books three and four weren’t available here at that time so she grabbed Bloomsbury editions when she went to Bangkok. I can’t remember all of my experiences tied to the series but there are some that stand out. I remember being distracted during school hours because I just wanted to finish reading the books – this went on from my high school years up to college. I remember discussing the books with my friends right after we read them. I remember waking up early to grab a copy of the last book, going straight to the bookstore without even taking a shower. LOL I just grabbed a cup of coffee and holed up in my room until I finished reading the whole thing. There was the time when my friend gave us puppies named Harry (for his black fur) and Albus (for his white fur) and I could’ve changed their names but I never did:
I’m sure most readers out there have similar experiences. This is one of those times when I realize how we build relationships with the books that we read. Such a wonderful feeling to have memories tied to the books and the movies. What’s even better is you get to share the experience with friends. We may now live in a post-Potter world but like J.K. Rowling said, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home.