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26 July 2010 @ 07:10 pm
"We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on."  
You know that Harry Potter 30 days meme? There's a question on it that I want to answer instead of doing the entire thing. Just something to express my nostalgia for the series and what I honestly means to me on a personal level.

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 I was completely closed off and withdrawn, I didn't enjoy anything at all.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. ♥
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Becky: beckytheelfbeckytheelf on July 27th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
OMG SWEETIE!!!!! Your story is so sweet and so precious and omg I am squishing it and you rn.
Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on July 27th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you bb. *squishes you right back*

I just had to relive and retell this because with the final movie almost here, it's gotten me all nostalgic about how I came into the series in the first place. And my story is hardly spectacular, but I know it's something I hold dear to my heart because without Harry Potter I probably wouldn't have been the same person I am today, if you can believe it.
just a small town girl: [artist: nakajima megumi] smilecarameltrap on July 27th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
It's wonderful and lovely and I'm glad that Harry Potter changed things around for you and made you happy. :)
Renée: Victor/Sierra. Sleeping.rogueslayer452 on July 27th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. ♥