I started this blog three years ago after seeing the final Harry Potter movie in theaters. Much has changed since then, yet Harry is still and will remain an important fixture in my life.
As a youth services librarian, I get to watch as the Harry Potter series continues to fascinate children (and adults). One year ago today I was lucky enough to host a birthday party for Harry at the library, complete with classes and butterbeer cupcakes! It was so much fun!
The Great Hall
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Teachers, Prefects, and Dobby
Again, it amazes me how much Harry Potter continues to influence generations as they read the books, watch the movies, and take in the culture around them. An article I read yesterday discussed the impact the series has made on our culture; stereotypes, prejudices, self-awareness. You should check it out: Harry Potter Reduces Prejudice
This isn't the only study that's been conducted regarding Harry Potter, and it won't be the last. Musicals have been made; universities teach entire courses; Fanfiction.net has over 600,000 stories (not to mention nearly 30,000 crossovers). There are books written on its Christian symbolism and its politics. There are cookbooks, spell books, party books, knitting books, music books, and even science books.
Rowling teased us recently with a short snippet by Rita Skeeter on the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, which I (and many, many others) hope means we'll be getting more than a peak at the grown Potters and Weasleys. And today I watched a video about real Quidditch teams across the world!
I believe that it's safe to say, Harry won't be abandoning us anytime soon. I plan to embrace my childhood for as long as possible.