“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks!” – Dr. Seuss
There´s been a lot of talk recently, about reading and how it´s not really a part of peoples lives any more. And, to some extent I´m guilty of that as well. I have switched my books for the internet and I watch way too much TV. To find my inner bookworm again is my plan for this year. And I´m going to start with books that have influenced and impressed me in my past years of reading. That won´t be a long list, please excuse the spoiler – because I´m not easily impressed by books. While I do read all genres and definately some “Chick-Lit” as well, a book has to have more to it to leave a lasting impression. Like the unchallenged number one on my list:
I got my first Harry Potter book on Easter Sunday when I was 9 years old. I had read it by Easter Monday and bought the second one on tuesday. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was the first movie I ever watched at the cinema and is until today the only film I managed to drag my parents to. Harry Potter is my childhood, i still read the books regularly today. I would even go as far as saying I grew up with Harry Potter – I was 18 when the last book came out. The series was the first one to really touch me deeply, made me empathise with the characters. And the people of Hogwarts are still very close to my heart even today.
Favorite book of the series: Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
“Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us.
What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Sirius Black
The third book of the series has always been my favorite, the book as well as the movie. I think it might be the onlybook where I was able to really relate to Harry, even as a child. (No I don´t like Harry as a character. Controversial, I know.) He finally has family who really wants only the best for him, he meets his parents friends and learns so much about himself. And he experiences things that take all happiness from him but he also learns how to fight them. And I think thats what I related to the most. I have known those pitch-black days since my childhood – that they will pass and how to actively fight them (and that you have to!) I learned from this book.
Favorite character from the series: Severus Snape & Remus Lupin
I think we can all agree about Lupin, right? Father (figure), lonely fighter against prejudice and death-eaters and, in the end, sacrificed for victory.
Snape I´ve argued about a million times. Maybe I like him because we both aren´t the biggest fans of Harry P. But I happen to think nobody in this series is more devoted, stronger and more misunderstood than Severus Snape. No, not even Harry Potter! And lets not even mention Dumbledore.
Snape has never been welcome anywhere, for his whole life. Not as a child, not as a student, not as a teacher. He´s a double-double agent, has to fear death every day and can never let his guard down ever. If that won´t give you a bad temper, what will? And as for the movies? Sir Alan Rickman guys… And, because I´ve had to explain it lots and lots of times: No i don´t agree with his actions and behaviour. But I get it. He is human. And the whole plan depends on him.
Why Harry Potter has such a special place in my heart? Its pure phantasy. A different world, quite literally a magical world. And for me, it´s like coming home.