How Harry Potter Changed My Life: 20th Anniversary Special

Harry Potter inspired me to become a writer. Hermoine, Professor Snape, and Draco Malfoy are some characters I loved. Here is my story of how the Harry Potter books and movies came into my life.

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Harry Potter was first introduced to me when I was eleven years old. I remember going to the North Bergen Public Library and picking Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone from the shelf. Once I immersed myself in the magical world that I never knew possible, I became a fan.

I remember reading the first two books before I discovered there were movies. I remember on day in my house that I was busy reading Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets when my mother said

“If you want we can rent the first two movies from the library after your done with this one”

My jaw must have hit the floor. I didn’t think it was possible for the world I was imagining in my head to become real. It was my first time watching movies that had books.

Why Hermoine is My Favorite Harry Potter Character


Watching the first Harry Potter installment I felt that girls can be beautiful and brainy. When Hermoine enthusiastically raised her hand in Professor Snape’s classroom, it made me feel less alone. I would be shy sometimes in class. Being in fifth grade, knowing the answers to homework wasn’t considered the ‘popular’ characteristic. So when she was able to show her interest in reading and being knowledgeable of the wizarding world, I felt that as a young girl I could do anything.

How I Sympathized with Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape


I don’t know why I fan over the ‘bad boys’ in literature. Draco Malfoy and Professor Snape are my all time favorite character ‘villains’. For one we all know that throughout the books and movie series that Draco has some father issues. He always wants to be acknowledged by his dad. The fact that they are pure blood, gives him supposed status over others. But as I watched my favorite books come to life, I could see that deep down Draco wasn’t this persona he put on. Sure he may genuinely despise Harry, but it came from a place where his father would place high expectations on him to be the best. He was competing with Harry his whole life.

Let’s not forget the Half Blood Prince! Snape I sympathized with as well because of his part in Harry’s destiny. He had to babysit Harry behind the scenes in unexpected ways. The fact that his true love Lily Potter married someone else and had a child, now he must protect him. His dedication to the boy, although he was cruel, was through his love for Lily. He isn’t the cold hearted arse everyone thinks he is. I was gob-smacked when the big reveal of Dumbledore’s plan and Snape’s part in it was revealed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Snape is a great example of the things we do for love.

How J.K. Rowling’s novels Inspired My Writing Career

At the age eleven, I went to the library almost every week. When finally reading the Harry Potter series I knew I wanted to become a writer. I wanted to create a world that people my age would enjoy. My drive to write led me to my career choice. Now I write for several different websites including Bookstr. When I heard that J.K. Rowling got rejected by several publishing companies, it made me feel hopeful. I knew that if I kept writing and putting my work out there that I can get a job writing.

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