A Potter Blog!

For those of you that have my personal account on Facebook, you know this was supposed to be a day of rest for me.  However, with the announcement of Pottermore and what it actually is going to be, I can’t help but break from my word a little.  I’m excited as any Potter fan probably is and I felt I should reflect.  My story of how I got involved in “Pottermania” isn’t a normal one.

I didn’t get into the books until Goblet of Fire.  My friends were all reading them and I thought it was just silly.  How could so many people get into a silly children’s book about a boy wizard?  I made fun of them and I’ll admit it was stupid.  See?  I’m not afraid to admit I was wrong!  Anyway, when the fourth book came out, I decided to see what all the fuss was about.  I found the first three discounted and I bought the fourth.

Thus Misty was introduced to the amazing world of Harry Potter and was hooked.

When book five came out, I went into the book store and saw all kinds of Potter inspired candies! Chocolate frogs ( complete with wizard cards ), blood pops and of course the infamous Bertie Botts Every Flavored Beans!   Yes, that’s right every flavor from blueberry to vomit in one tiny box.  I remember grass wasn’t too bad.  Thought about giving the dirt flavored ones to the little girl next door who kept wanting to eat potting soil.  I didn’t though.  I also remember ear wax not being as bad as the butter popcorn flavored ones that made me want to vomit myself.  Then I got brave and found a vomit flavored bean.  It was disgusting but with a little mind over matter, I was able to overcome it, chew and swallow! Go me right!?  Potter day was good that year.

Next release, I wasn’t so lucky.  I got to Borders early. I hadn’t pre-ordered and I knew I was in trouble but they had a few copies left so in that sense I was lucky.  The day itself was great.  Got my copy of the book, had an awesome lunch at Subway and came home.  Decided to get brave with the beans again.  This year they had added rotten egg flavor to the box.  No problem, I made it through vomit.  A little mind over matter and I’ll kick this bean’s butt too!

WRONG!  And I lost my lunch for it.  From then on, I have sworn off Bertie Botts Ever Flavored Beans.

When book seven came out, I had the book pre-ordered but I couldn’t go get my copy on release day because my back was messed up and I could not walk.  Walking from here to the bathroom was the worst pain I’ve ever felt and that was only a few steps.  My mom felt so bad for me, I was absolutely gutted.  When she found out our local grocery store was having a release party at midnight, she offered to go and see if she could get me a copy.  This was my mom’s introduction to Pottermania.  She had no idea what all the fuss was about.  Not only did she enjoy herself at the party, but she won a shirt and brought me home my copy of Deathly Hallows!

I since got my mom to at least watch the first movie.  She’s not the type to read or even be able to sit down and watch a whole movie.  On rare occasions she’ll do it without someone having to whine at her to get her to do so.  The movies for me were amazing.  I enjoyed them a lot but obviously not as much as the books.  Still, it was fun to see the world come to life and I think the cast was absolutely awesome.  I’m glad they never changed it.  Although up to this point, I couldn’t bring myself to watch beyond the fourth movie.  I’d give you random excuses but really I think it was because I didn’t want it to end.  I haven’t even bought the seventh movie yet!

Now with Pottermore, I might.  JK Rowling has promised us new info she’s been hoarding for years about the series and I of course will be buying the ebooks! I wonder if she’ll include the two text books she’s written along with Tales of Beedle the Bard?  Which by the way, I do have a limited edition copy from Amazon.  Don’t remember what number it is but I have a regular copy for reading too.  It’ll be interesting to see what other surprises Rowling has in store for us Potter fans with Pottermore.  Her sites have always been interactive and accessible so that everyone can enjoy them.

I don’t really think Pottermania is ever going to end.  Star Wars never ended so why the heck not?  You know after writing this, maybe I’ll have a movie marathon this weekend.  Perhaps we’ll get past the fourth movie!

Oh and one last thing, check out http://www.mugglenet.com! It’s a really fun Potter website I go to.

Share your experiences with me! I’d love to hear them!

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

  • Riz

    Really nice job Misty there, and even though I told you I thought I may as well share how I got into Harry Potter. Before I do that I have to share something else, now bear in mind for those of you who don’t know, I am a Brit. I have spoken to a fair few Americans and some of them have asked me some interesting questions in terms of if certain things are true, or if we do stuff a certain way. Someone even asked me if we always have pumpkin juice in the morning. Anyways on to the story. BBC Radio four is one of our stations and one day I had heard that they were going to air the full first book on one day. That’s right from start to finish all of the audio book of Harry potter and the philosopher’s stone. This ran at about eight hours and a little more. I had heard the name Harry Potter but at that time the Pottermania had not been born. The day rolls along and I think to myself, ok I will check this out. See how it is and weather it is worth listening to something for eight hours non-stop. Eight ours later and I was still there, fascinated by so many facets of the book. So the collection began from there. I have never looked back since. Movies are ok, but have nothing on the books, maybe that’s also because I am not really a movie person..

  • Misty

    You’re on for the movie marathon right Riz? 🙂

  • Brian

    I actually never got all the way through the series, don’t remember why. I think I just never got around to buying the last couple of books. It wasn’t because I stopped liking them, I just didn’t get them. Anyways, I never thought any of those beans, even the ones that were supposed to be gross, tasted bad.

  • Yeah! Bring on the movie marathon! I was reading those books right along with you, though I read the first one long before you did. I had the audio book versions, and we literally spent whole days reading them together. Ah, memories. Oh, and the bean thing… Yeah, I was there for that. Heheh…

  • I started reading them to my boys when they were very young, but they lost interest somewhere in the middle of Azkaban, so I didn’t go any further either. Last summer, one of my sons read all of them, then we watched all of the movies. I love the movies, so know that one day I’ll have to delve into the series of books again. BUT now I’ll wait until I can get them on my Kindle! 🙂