Pensieve

I Remember my first trip into the Wizarding World, Mrs. Botrill my grade 3 teacher read us Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and I was hooked.

I Remember getting the boxed set of the first 3 books for Christmas that year. I managed to get my mom and even my dad, who wasn’t a big reader, into them and we’d read a chapter or two… or 3… out loud to each other every night.

I Remember being one of the first kids at Davidson Road dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween, the next year everyone was.

I Remember growing up with Daniel, Emma and Rupert, or Harry, Hermione and Ron as they will be known for the rest of their lives.

I Remember seeing the first few movies for Eric Geen’s birthday, and being so bitterly disappointed one year when a snowstorm cancelled it

I Remember finding Fanfiction and after wading through the Oceans of trash, Mary-Sues, and Harry/Draco slash fics, find some real gems. Because Harry and Hermion need to be together no matter what JK Rowling says.

I Remember driving down with my Parents to Las Vegas, Goblet of Fire had just come out and I couldn’t wait as we read it together so I read the car. I can’t remember how many times I got carsick. But it was worth it.

I Remember never missing a movie in Theatre, no matter if I was home or in Oregon

I Remember one time when mom was away, but my dad had his friend Robert over for a few nights, and we drove to chapters for the Midnight release of Book 5 or 6

I Remember going to my one and only midnight movie showing

I Remember my heartbreak over Dumbledore and Sirius’ deaths

I Remember before he was Edward Cullen he was Cedric Diggory

I Remember Rosie O’Donnell being upset about Harry Potter only casting Brits since she wanted to be Mrs. Weasley

I Remember how Bittersweet the release of the Deathly Hallows book was

I Remember never playing any of the Lego Harry potter games, but I did buy some of the actual sets.

I Remember correctly predicting that Harry was a Horcrux and needed to die in the seventh book.

I Remember good times chatting with people around the world on Harry Potter forums

I Remember wondering if Sir Ian McKellan (would’ve been ironic) or Sir Christopher Lee would’ve replaced Dumbledore

I Remember competing in a Harry Potter trivia contest against other schools from the district.

I Remember the literary anthem of our generation

I Remember how I felt at the end of an era.

EXPECTO PATRONUM

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One response to “Pensieve

  • Michael Dillon

    I remember riding on the tube in London and being amazed that so many ADULTS were reading Harry Potter books.

    I remember deciding that I would read them in French instead, so that I wouldn’t feel like I was just riding on the bandwagon.

    I remember being amused that a lot of the made-up French words in the books were unknown in English because they used different made up words, often based on French expressions.

    I remember watching a surge in the popularity of Halloween in England, year after year, until after 10 years the Halloween themed stuff in the supermarket is as big a deal as in Canada. But that first year was interesting because 90% of the kids dressed as witches.

    I remember hunting for, and discovering Diagon Alley in London which is a maze of narrow shopping streets and you can even enter it through a pub if you want to.

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