I ran into Mom’s room with my younger brother at my heels. We both took flying leaps and landed on my parents bed completely crumpling up the comforter underneath us. We laid there patiently, occasionally smacking or kicking or stealing pillows from each other as any 11 and 10 year old siblings would. Finally, Mom came into the room after finishing whatever she was doing, which was most likely eight loads of laundry or vacuuming somewhere or maybe she had found a few precious moments alone with Dad and took advantage of them. This was our nightly ritual. After brushing our teeth Mike and I would run into Mom’s room and wait for her. Mom would lay in the middle of us on the bed and we would snuggle up close to her on either side and listen to her read a book in her perfect story telling voice.
Mom loves reading. Every night that she read to us she was gradually instilling the same love she has for reading into my brother and I. Together we read The BFG, The Girl With the Silver Eyes, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Hobbit, The Indian in the Cupboard, A Wrinkle in Time, and many more. But tonight, was an even more special night because we were starting a new book.
“What did you get Mom?!” asked Mike excitedly. Mom answered, “Well, I’m not sure actually. For the first time I picked a book that I’ve never read before, but I hear that it is good. It’s called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” As she began reading we all instantly fell in love with the book. We kept begging her to read on and on that night as we discovered the world of Harry Potter.
And that, my friends, is the story of when our family fell in love with Harry Potter. Since then, I’ve read all the books multiple times and seen all of the movies at the midnight showing as have many of my siblings. We love Harry Potter and proud of it! You can call us nerds, but that’s probably because you haven’t really given the books a chance, because if you had…then you would be nerdy too.
Last night was the last movie releasing which made me a little sad. I’ve literally grown up with Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I feel like they are my friends. But you know what the best part about a book is? You can read it as many times as you want. That means Harry, Hermione, and Ron will always be my friends…all I have to do is pick up the books.