The prompt for day six in BookBlogWriMo – hosted by Book Bumblings – was one that I had been looking forward to since the beginning; favourite childhood books.
When I think of my childhood there are two books and one series hat come to mind: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.
When I was younger I had two copies of Love You Forever, an original copy that is old and tattered and the special hardback edition you see above. It is one of those kids books that will stay on your bookshelf forever and will be passed on through the generations. The message of the book is so simple, but so powerful that it is tough to forget the infamous line: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” If I’m being honest with you, I’ve read the book so many times that I pretty much have it memorised.
Most of my early reading memories come from C.S. Lewis. Even before I could read my dad would read me The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe before bed every night…over and over again. It was the perfect adventure before to finish a day off and I would stay up – probably later than I should have – wanting to hear what happened next. I think it is safe to say that this illustrated copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the gateway into my love and passion for books.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Harry Potter. What sort of childhood list of books would this be if I didn’t include good ol’ J.K. This book series shaped my life; it made me the person I am today. I’ve made friends through Potter; learned through Potter; experienced loss, love, courage, respect, power, revenge, and so much more through Potter. There is a reason these books are as popular as they are (sticking with present tense here). The number of times I reread this series throughout my childhood is insane, but I wouldn’t change it in a heartbeat. I was a Potterhead way back in the day, I’m a proud Potterhead today, and I will continue to be a Potterhead for many, many years to come.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to wake up as I was yesterday. I was doing my daily morning social media cruise and I came across the announcement that, my queen, J.K. Rowling would be releasing a short story about none other than Mr. Harry Potter himself at age 34.
I think I may have shed a mini tear, but don’t tell anyone.
Of course, in my haste and shock I forgot my Pottermore username AND password – the fates were working against me. Once I finally got into the site I told myself I needed to calm down because I was going to scare my roommate and my neighbours with my constant shrieking.
And then I finally read it (I probably shed some more tears here).
It was written by Rita Skeeter, so you know from the get go things are going to be fantastic.
Things we learned (and cried about) from the short story:
- Harry’s going grey. Something I am not surprised at; LOOK AT HIS STRESSFUL LIFE.
- He’s also still an Auror and is said to have a cut on his cheek. Potter, chill out.
- Harry took James and Albus to meet Viktor Krum and were friendly (I teared up…I was very emotional all morning)
- Ron’s hair is thinning – I laughed.
- He also left his job at the ministry to co-manage Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes with George (insert SO many tears here).
- Hermione is as boss as ever. Literally and figuratively; she’s the Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement AND she’s pegged to move even higher. YOU GO GIRL.
- Skeeter kept calling her by Granger and it makes me wonder if she kept her last name. If she did I’ll just add that the my current list a mile long about why Hermione is the best role model for girls/women/boys/men/people/frogs/dogs/cats/unicorns/everyone.
- Charlie is still unmarried and as Skeeter put it so well: “why?” Why indeed, Skeeter. Why indeed.
- Luna Lovegood is still the Luna Lovegood we all know and love as she was “sweeping around the VIP section in robes composed of flags of all sixteen qualifying countries.”
- Neville is a Herbology teacher (which we knew) and his wife, Hannah, is applying for a job at Hogwarts as Matron. I guess ol’ Pomfrey has had enough.
- Last, but certainly not least (because this is probably my favourite update) Teddy Lupin is a little blue haired 16-year-old rebel who is always in dark corners (*wink wink nudge nudge*) with Bill and Fleur’s kid Victoire.
Wasn’t it nice to hear about the old gang again? It’s crazy that it is 2014 and yet this small article can throw an entire fandom into a frenzy like we were back in the golden ages.
I think the only thing I was disappointed in was that this was not about the Marauders, but that is because I am biased and love them more than is probably natural (Lupin’s story on Pottermore was like a godsend for me).
How did you like the update? Is it everything you wanted? Are you Marauder crazy like me and want ALL THE INFORMATION? Let me know!
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