I'm posting a little late tonight. Mainly because when I got home from work I figured a nap was in order so I would be fully awake to see Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince tonight. So I figured in honor I would post a little about my Harry Potter history.
The funny thing is I "discover" Harry Potter before it really became mainstream. I remember being in a bookstore around when I was in 8th or 9th grade (aka around '98). (It was a Border's if you're really that curious.) I was in the children/teen/young adult section looking for something to new too read. (Even back then I was reading constantly.) I saw I book that really only jumped out at me due to the cover. Of course this was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I picked it up skimmed the inside cover, and decided the book didn't sound nearly as exciting as the cover made it look so I put it back.
I kept exploring, and eventually my mom found me and told me to make my final selections. Along with the books I wanted, I figured I'd show her the fun book cover I found. She read the insides and said something along the lines of, "I'm sure your brother would love this!" I was a little surprised since I didn't think it sounded that amazing, but if she thought so.
Secretly I was hoping a little inside that my brother wouldn't like the books that much, and that I would have been right. Clearly that wasn't the case. My brother, like everyone else LOVED them. This must have been around the holiday, because I remember driving down to my grandparents house and my brother reading various aspects of the book. I specifically remember him reading several scenes at the Dursley's. Since he loved them so much, I figured I should probably read them as well. And not long afterwards the rest of the world followed! I'm glad I was such a trendsetter. (OK, maybe I wasn't the FIRST person to get in Harry Potter, but I was least one of the first right?)
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