Discuss how you got into Harry Potter.
For brief background, I was diagnosed with clinical depression during my adolescent/teen years. I was genuinely unwell, to the point where I didn't care about anything for anyone, including myself. I was highly unmotivated, I was suffering in school and in my daily life at home, mostly due to personal shit affecting me in the worst possible way. I was completely closed off and withdrawn, I didn't enjoy anything at all.
Until one day, my mother brought home the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie and started watching it, as both she and my sister were reading the books at the time. I wasn't that interested at first, until I actually started watching the movie and following the story. It sparked an interest inside of me that after watching, I noticed we had the books at home. I think I kind of picked one up at random and started reading a few pages of it (it was Prisoner of Azkaban, I believe) and then I asked my mother if I could take it to read some more. After taking it to my bedroom and reading it I found myself so immersed with the story about Harry Potter and his friends that I asked if I could read the rest of the books, which I did. Eventually I bought my own copies and, kinda stayed up passed my bedtime to read them actually, and this was around that time when Chamber of Secrets was going to premiere and I actually went several times to watch it in the theaters. And things kind of exploded from there.
Harry Potter sparked that interest inside of me, like I was gradually awakening to find that something to hold onto. It was my escapism, I wanted to be part of the world. I wanted to go to Hogwarts, I wanted to be friends with Harry and Ron and Hermione and go on adventures with them. It was a huge part of my life and it's what got me out of a terrible funk, and I will forever be grateful.
I think it's not a stretch to say that Harry Potter was literally one of the major contributors that changed my life around for the better, which is why the series will always be held in a special place in my heart. ♥