This month marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone being published. And while it took over a year after that for it to be published in America, we’re celebrating now anyway (let’s be honest we’ll celebrate again next year too).
Here’s what the TPC had to say about Harry Potter at the last meeting:
Harry Potter introduced me to a world that I could go into whenever I got tired of my world the way it was. It kept me hanging for my Hogwarts letter (still waiting)!
I am more of Harry Potter’s actual age than the age kids were that grew up as the books came out, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find the world just as magical. The trials that Harry faced taught me to trust that my friends will stand beside me, but also to trust myself. It taught me that good and evil are relative terms (spoken like a true Slytherin). And that happiness can be found even in the darkest of places, if one simply remembers to turn on the light.
Harry Potter made me confident in myself with help from Hermione and Ginny. It taught me good morals at a young age. That people almost always have a reason for what they’re doing. That Hermione is really cool, and that magic is real!
Harry Potter was the first fantasy book series I ever read and it started me on my path to loving books and I probably wouldn’t be as much of a fantasy fan if I hadn’t. They were the first books I ever read that I was able to escape into the world and actually loose myself while reading.
Harry Potter is important to me because as a kid it gave me such a vivid imagination. The characters became my role models and gave me something to come back to every time I open the book. The Harry Potter books and films never fail to put a smile on my face.
Harry Potter made me more confident in myself. It taught me the power of friendship. It taught me how fragile the line between good and evil is and how many traverse that dangerous path. And that you don’t have to be good ALL the time, only a good person.
Xander has over 60+ translations of Harry Potter from around the world!
I love all of the love surrounding the Harry Potter universe. JK Rowling put so much thought into everything from family ties to names. Even years later there’s still little things that she slipped in that surprise me.
We’ll be sharing more of our Harry Potter stories, book reviews, fun thoughts, fan art, etc all month long! Weigh in with your memories and opinions! We’d love to hear how Harry Potter changed your life!