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My Harry Potter Journey (Potterhead July)

Harry Potter is my childhood. As cliche as it sounds, it really has shaped me as a person. So of course I was eager to sign up for a spot in Potterhead July! Every time I re-read the books (which I’ve done a thousand times) I get transported back to a particular time and place, or remember a wonderful experience, and I thought I should share those stories with you.Β Potterhead July

Philosophers Stone

Obviously, this is the first one. This is where it all began. I must have been quite young when I first read and watched this one, because I don’t really have anything that stands out to me. I do know that I love to re-read it and find new tidbits that only make sense way later in the series. It’s this one that makes me appreciate how much of a genius Rowling really is, and it obviously cemented my need to go to Hogwarts. I finish high school this year, but I’d be more than happy to do an extra seven at Hogwarts!

Empty Great Hall

Chamber of Secrets

I remember not believing Voldemort when he explained that Tom Marvolo Riddle became I am Lord Voldemort. I had scraps of paper all over my room where I wrote them both out to check that it worked (it does, in case you were wondering).Β I Am Lord Voldemort.jpg

Prisoner of Azkaban

Ahh, my love Sirius! It was this one that made me fall for the Marauders. And man, did I fall hard. It definitely wasn’t after the first time, it was a couple times down the line, but I became obsessed. I read all the fanfiction, I wrote all the fanfiction, I shipped them all with each other and with obscure other characters. Jily is still my ultimate OTP, and Sirius and Remus make a cute couple… Think about it, it works right?James and Lily

Goblet of Fire

I watched this movie for the first time at my best friend’s house, with a whole lot of other girls. An important thing to mention – I was such. A. Wuss. I cried at everything,it was ridiculous! So when Mad Eye Moody came on, I was done. I cried and cried and cried, and I hid under the blankets every time he came on. Why? I don’t know, because I was a weirdo that’s why!Mad Eye.jpg

Order of the Phoenix

After #4, my mum decided the books might be too scary, so I had to wait for her to read them first. Yes, this was an actual rule. I didn’t just wait though, I was allowed to stay one page behind the entire time. Do you think I was going to stand for that? Absolutely not! So I sat in the library and read ahead, very sneakily.

I admitted to it later, though. I was a wuss and a nerd…Order of the Phoenix.jpg

Half Blood Prince

Another case where I should have listened to my mum… It was my bed time, but I was just getting up to the really exciting end. Like I said, my mum had read it before me, so she knew what was about to happen. She warned me that I shouldn’t stay up too late past my bed time reading, knowing that it was going to make me emotional. My dad, though, thought that it wasn’t a big deal if I stayed up a little later. After all, it was exciting stuff! So I chose to listen to him instead of my mum, who wouldn’t?

Ten minutes later, she came in to check on me. And I was sitting there, overtired, sobbing my heart out over a character I wasn’t even a huge fan of. It’s the most I’ve ever cried over a Harry Potter character. From then, I learned to stop a sentence or two before each death during my re-reads, because I didn’t want a repeat of that event!

I also remember watching the movie with my mum and my brother who hadn’t read the books. So when Harry was by the lake, we knew the Inferi were about to pop out. My mum reached over to comfort my brother since he wasn’t prepared. Right then, she got a text, so she had to get her phone to silence it (since we were in a movie theatre). And yes, that’s when they grabbed Harry. And yes, we were all absolutely terrified!Inferni.jpg

Deathly Hallows

By the time this one came out, I was a hardcore fan. I was so ready for the release of the final book! I was up early, and my mum was down to the shops to pick up the books we pre-ordered. Yes, books plural. One was for a friend, okay? But she could wait for her copy for a while… Keeping with the rule my mum had made after book four, I stayed exactly one page behind, pestering her in between pages to hurry up and keep reading. Eventually I persuaded her to get rid of the rule, and I whizzed through that book. It’s still probably my favourite!

I saw the movie close to opening as well. The ad that was constantly being shown had a particular quote in it, and when it came on, my friend and I quoted it along too. “Harry Potter… The boy who lived… Come to die.” The great thing was the guy two seats down from us sitting by himself whispering it along with us. What a great dudeHarry Potter Quote

Tell me your Harry Potter stories! I’d love to hear them. And if you’ve done your own Potterhead post, let me know so I can go check it out! I’m struggling to keep up – there are meant to be 85 through the whole month :O


I was a book blogger for a while, and I now blog about every little thing in life I can think of. Bear with me while I try all these new posts out... I'm a New Zealand teen who gets angry about the world (but not angry enough for tumblr). I like to capture the world through photos and words, and read in all the moments in nz-squadbetween. I have an overwhelming desire to see every corner of the world I possibly can, and hug the people I love in all those corners. I can't do make up to save myself, and you're more likely to find me buying matching stationary than matching clothes. My nerd hobbies include a new found love of the Avengers, reading YA, watching Game of Thrones, How I Met Your Mother, and every vlogger I can find, and being the last person on the music bandwagons. I have big plans for the rest of my life, including university, teaching, travelling, and having an army of puppies. I plan to blog every second of it!

26 thoughts on “My Harry Potter Journey (Potterhead July)

  1. This was so so true for me! I sobbed loads at the Half-Blood Prince. And the Deathly Hallows when you-know-what happened to Snape. I’m sorry but I’m now obsessed with fanfiction; it’s not even funny!

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  2. I sobbed very hard at all the deaths. I’m also a glutton of punishment because even in my rereads I read the deaths over. The first time I read the deathly hallows two deaths hit me the hardest, (Spoiler alert) Dobby and Fred. When I read Fred I was in the car with my mom and we were driving down back roads and I was so mad and upset that I threw the book out the window, had a small panic attack then asked my mom to turn the car around because I threw my book out the window.

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  3. What a nice breakdown! I especially think it’s interesting to see how other people’s parents made rules for them as readers when they were younger. For me, my parents read all of the books ahead of me but never made me stopβ€”I wasn’t one much for getting scared or emotionally distressed about the books. The only thing I do remember is that in the fourth book, a character says, “I like a nice air around my privates,” which I thought was the most hilarious thing I’d ever read and my mom told me my dad almost didn’t let me read the book for that one line. XD And that is my only story, lolol.

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  4. My mom walked in on my crying over the end of Half-Blood Prince too. She was putting away laundry, and it took her a few minutes to even realize I was crying. I tried to explain what it was through the tears, but she acted very confused, not having read the book.

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  5. Aww this is such a cute post I love it. I remember seeing Half Blood Prince for the first time in cinema. We all knew it was coming since we had all read the books, but we all jumped causing popcorn to fly everywhere haha.

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  6. I think Harry Potter was the first books that made me cry. How can you not when it pulls at your heartstrings so? It might have made me an emotional reader now that I think about it. HP was big on so many feels, it’s no wonder our connection to the series is so emotional. Enjoyed reading about your HP journey!

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  7. I’d also take extra 7 years of education if it’s Hogwarts. Heck, I’ll even make sure I failed my every NEWT test xD Weirdly enough I never feel scared with the books or movie. But I did try the anagram to prove if it fits with I AM LORD VOLDEMORT… And PoA definitely begins my love for the Marauders!

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  8. All the books had actually come out before I started to read them ahaha. (I FEEL SO SMOL.) I sort of wish I’d been older so I could be more part of the fandom, but also…I would definitely have been obsessed. Maybe I saved myself a lot of pain! And YAY MARAUDERS AND OBSCURE CHARACTERS. Both things I love. *nods*

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