I love the alternate world I get to enter with HP. I also have a close connection to the series because my sister, who is 14, absolutely adores the series, so it's one more thing that connects us. My brother listened to the audio of the series and read the 6th and 7th book more than once, so he will spout random HP knowledge that I didn't even catch during my first reading!
I remember the first Harry Potter birthday party we threw at Borders…my younger sister, Emma, came dressed as Harry Potter—she was in first grade at the time. Since then, she has attended every party Borders threw—and I worked every single event—I thrived off the adrenaline. I even got to plan the last couple of parties. Emma and I have even attended opening weekend of every Harry Potter movie (Friday and Saturday) and for the past few Harry Potter movies, have attended the midnight releases.
In honor of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 7, part 1 release, I am blogging about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the movie this week—stayed tuned.
Rowling, J. K. (1998-2007). Harry Potter Series. New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine.