My Harry Potter Story

Honestly? I don’t know if I am a Potterhead. But Harry Potter is one of my favourite books ever! I used to be so obsessed that I was bullied as a kid. Anyway, my point is that everyone has a Harry Potter Story. Here’s mine.

My mum was the awesome aunt who gifted Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to my cousins. Back then, I couldn’t even read ( I was 2). They read it; they loved it. All of us went for the movie together. I loved it so much! It was exhilarating! I remember Daniel Radcliffe’s smile at the end and the troll on Halloween.

My cousins continued reading the series. Whenever I would visit them, they would be having these lengthy discussions with their mum (my aunt). I knew the entire sixth book even before I read the first.

During one such visit, I was bored to tears. So my aunt offered me some of my cousins’ books to read. Eager to follow their footsteps and desperate to be a part of the discussions, I immediately started with the Harry Potter 1. The very copy that had been gifted by mum.

I read a chapter and stopped. The first time I read Harry Potter, I found it boring and very different from the movie. Mind you, the first chapter is about the Dursleys in all their muggle glory.

Six months later, I decided to try again. Mum got the first book from the library. I read it. I loved it.

Back then I was a good girl who read only during vacations. So in three vacations-summer, Diwali and Christmas, I finished six books of Harry Potter.

Somewhere along the line I started buying the books. The first Harry Potter I owned was ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. I remember going to a second book shop in Santa Cruz with my mum and buying it. It was old with yellowed pages. But it was mine. I think I was 10 then.

Let’s fast forward to the summer of 2007.

It was the very first time I had visited a big, magnificent mall alone with my friends (well, er, almost. Two of my friends’ mums had come along but they sat in crosswords while we roamed all alone! ).ย  It was a whole lot of fun! We had great food, stole some hearts (literally, cloth ones tho) from a Make your own Teddy shop. And we went to Crosswords.

It was the first time I had visited such a huge bookstore. I was absolutely enchanted. I soon lost myself in one of the many aisles. I had almost no money left with me. But the temptation to buy a book was hard to resist. I bought the kids version of Jane Eyre worth Rs 30 from the change at the bottom of my purse. So when I went to the counter to pay the bill, I saw an advertisement.

There was a super special sale at Crossowords. The latest and the last Harry Potter book that was coming out the following month was being sold for a special price of Rs. 950.

I never wanted anything as bad as I wanted the book.

That day, I went home and begged, literally begged my parents to buy me the seventh Harry Potter book. I cried, I pleaded, I made promises to be a god girl for the rest of my life and I promised to score 90% marks in all my exams henceforth but to no avail.

My mum thought that paying 1000 bucks for a book was way too much. My heart broke.

But then my uncle came to the rescue. See, I’m one of those lucky people to have their birthdays in the month of July. Guess what I got as a birthday gift that year?

YES! HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS!

MY KAKA (uncle) IS THE BEST KAKA IN THE WORLD!

I remember the day. I had accompanied my mum in visiting her aunts. I don’t remember what I had been doing when my mum got the call. It was kaka and he asked us to come downstairs. We went and there he was in the silver Indica holding out a plastic bag…

I won’t tell you what I did next. It was some demented, hardcore fangirling. Demented, I tell you, demented.

It was the end of July. I had my first unit test in August. Mum being my mum locked up the book in her cupboard. I was to read the book once I was done with my exams.

Did that happen?

Nope.

My mum left for work every morning. I knew the hiding place of the book. Haha.

Everyday I took out the book and read all day. I put it back in just before 7 pm. It was a covert operation. No one was to know that I was reading the Harry Potter.

By the time mum found out, I was more than halfway through the book. So she let me finish it.ย  Anyway that was the first time in had broken rules. Harry Potter made me a badass ๐Ÿ˜›

I remember obsessing over all the newspaper articles about it. I remember dancing around for a day when JKR declared the Harry Potter encyclopedia.

A few months later, my dad took me book shopping. So far, I owned two Harry Potters. He bought me the remaining five books. Then I had to go to school. I couldn’t wait for school to be out so that I would be able to reread the entire Harry Potter series. The moment I reached home, I started. It was awesome.

Rereading the Harry Potters is always awesome. Now it’s like visiting old friends and recounting our escapades and adventures.

I love my copy of Book Seven so much! Last year, I reread till Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince. I have a strong urge to reread Deathly Hallows now. I miss my childhood buddies :’)

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  1. bookaddict14
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 17:03:50

    That’s such an amazing story! You’ve had such a wonderful experience! I love rereading hp too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • theintrovertedschmuck
      Jul 26, 2014 @ 18:01:03

      Thank you Dee! And you are currently rereading Harry Potter!
      Can I confess something? Your edition of Harry Potter is better than mine! I love the illustrations!

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      • bookaddict14
        Jul 26, 2014 @ 18:04:29

        Thanks! Actually to my mom because she had bought them first. Which edition do you have? The covers for the newest US edition are amazing! I was on the verge of asking my mom if I could buy the whole set again ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • theintrovertedschmuck
        Jul 26, 2014 @ 18:10:00

        I bought 6 of my Harry Potters second hand. So they are all of different editions.
        You showed me pictures of the new covers! Brilliant, they are! Hahaha! Buy some other book series instead! And let me borrow ๐Ÿ˜›
        PS your mom rocks!

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      • bookaddict14
        Jul 26, 2014 @ 18:14:08

        Oh! but in a way that’s so cool and unique! I have the same situation with my Anne of Green Gables series. Only one of them is new. I will do that! and of course you can borrow! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will tell my mom you said that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. aditi1641
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 17:42:21

    It’s funny, I’ve never reread the Harry Potter series at all. But it feels like I know every description JKR’s given. I’ll tell you a bit of my Harry Potter story, too ๐Ÿ™‚ . So when I was in the fourth grade, I had finished the first and second books, and was desperate to read the third book. And at that time, mum wasn’t much into buying books. So one day during lunch, I was combing the library to find that book. Those series were so popular at that time, I knew they would atleast have some books from the series. And there it was: Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban in the second to last shelf in the entire library. I still remember that moment. And then I took the book off the shelf and put it back in a way so that no one could see the spine. The pages were facing outwards. And I knew no one would care to pick up the book, and I knew that I was the only one who knew the location. Harry Potter made me a badass, too ๐Ÿ™‚ . The next day, during our library period, I quickly sneaked out of my friend circle, trying not to look conspicuous at the other end of the library, and came out with the third Harry Potter book in my hand with a triumphant smile. My friends all asked me where I found it, but I lied and said, “I dunno…I was just roaming around” ๐Ÿ˜› We were all pretty naive back then. It took me a month to finish that book, because I was a slow reader back then. But I persevered, and now it is my second favourite book after the seventh book.

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    • theintrovertedschmuck
      Jul 26, 2014 @ 18:05:49

      Wow! You started young! And you sneaky thing! I’m proud of you! We bookworms are so badass!
      It’s so cool! Everyone has a Harry Potter story!
      I mean those books have something new to give you every time you read them! I really recommend rereading!
      when I first read it, I loved the magic and wizardry. The next couple of times I loved Harry, Ron and Hermione’s friendship. Last year, I loved Snape’s story. I understood different aspects better as I grew older. An aunt of mine said that I’ll understand Lily Potter better once I become a mum myself.
      It has something for everyone. Age no bar.

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      • aditi1641
        Jul 26, 2014 @ 18:09:09

        I guess you’re right. I’ll probably try it out this school year ๐Ÿ™‚ Might bring back some badass memories. Who knows? ๐Ÿ˜›

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  3. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 17:50:13

    I think I’ve re-read all the Harry Potter books at least 9-10 Times, and I’m 49! My fascination started when Chamber of Secrets came out. I was a children’s librarian and suddenly all these kids who knew I loved children’s & YA lit. started coming in telling me I HAD to read these books! So began my fixation.

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  4. aditi1641
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 18:20:00

    Look at us… Coming out at night and talking (or commenting) like friends sharing a secret ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, our Harry Potter stories are precious. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 21:17:39

    Virtual Popcorn!!!!! (And thanks for liking my review of the Atlantia preview) Does anyone here also like the Percy Jackson series. I don’t relate to them quite as much as Harry and company, but I do love them. Oh, are you guys on Pottermore? Totally addicted to that site!

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    • theintrovertedschmuck
      Jul 27, 2014 @ 14:17:06

      I’m going to add Atlantia to my TBR list. It seems to be something very original ๐Ÿ™‚
      Me! I love Percy Jackson! I am desperately waiting for BoO! I love that acronym! BoO! There’s Gaea behind you! I basically adore Rick Riordan’s humor. It’s so dam funny!
      I tried Pottermore but I definitely flunked in Potions (got a Troll) so Professor Snape kicked me out ๐Ÿ˜›
      I mean to become active once again but I end up not doing it. Honestly, who procrastinates stuff they love? Me apparently.

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  6. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 11:08:17

    That’s great. I liked her other trilogy except for a few glitches, and this one looks even better! BoO! I didn’t even get that! Too funny, and with scary Gaia, very appropriate! I think this may be the last Percy though): Rick is coming out with a Norse mythology series next year. I do love Norse mythology, but I’ll miss Percy & Co.

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    • theintrovertedschmuck
      Jul 29, 2014 @ 12:50:01

      I am going to miss Percy, Annabeth, Nico, Leo, Hazel, and co so much! I so hope Caleo happens!

      I am excited about the new Norse Mythology series although I don’t know aything about Norse Mythology. Rick Riordan will surely educate me with his book ๐Ÿ˜›

      But another year! Arghhh. Too long!

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  7. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 15:24:57

    I know exactly how you feel! Did you read his Kane trilogy featuring Egyption Mythology?

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  8. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 15:35:47

    I felt the same way. I liked the books, but they were a little slower going for me. Maybe because except for some of the major gods and goddesses I was less familiar with the mythology. BTW, I downloaded a picture of my adorable Pomeranian, Lacey with her favorite book(Harry of course!)I’m just trying to figure out how to get it on my blog.

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  9. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff
    Jul 31, 2014 @ 19:10:45

    Oh! I reblogged you Hateful book characters. Too funny!

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