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Why Harry Potter Is the Best Book Series of All Time

When I was a little girl in elementary school, I had a teacher who liked to give her students books for Christmas. Every student got something different, and she choose what book to give based on that student's personality and what she thought they would enjoy reading. For me, she gave me Harry Potter. Ever since then, I've been in love with the series and have re-read and books and re-watched the movies countless times. I have a little personal tradition of watching the movies during Thanksgiving/Christmastime. (Probably because ABC Family always does those Harry Potter marathons during those times?) When I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando when it first opened up, I think I had literal tears welling up in my eyes, because here I was surrounded by my childhood fantasy.

Harry Potter is not just a book of a fantastical wizarding world, folkloric creatures, and perilous adventures; it is also delves into the intricacies of real-life such as racism, classism, bureaucracy, violence, death, and much more. Although I only took the books as interesting tales when I was younger, I uncovered more and more of these real-world connections as I got older and re-read the books. I really appreciate the complexity of JK Rowling's writing. It's as if I'm reading something new each time. And on a tangent, if you read up on how JK Rowling chose the names of literally everything in the Potterverse, you will see that it was thoroughly researched and required insane amounts of contemplating. I give her major props for all that effort and I get so happy every time I learn something new about her writing process.

I could probably go on forever about how much I love Harry Potter, but I'll just end this post with some of my favorite quotes.

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.

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