I suppose that I should begin this by apologizing… I know, I know, it’s been a while since my last blog. Well, there are a few reasons for that. The first being that French is a very time consuming and headache inducing language. The headache only grows when your getting a grade for something. Well, that’s about it for excuses, besides the normal chaos that I always write during.

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Recently I had one of those teary-eyed nostalgic moments. Surprisingly enough it was during the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It always surprises me how attached to this series I am. I didn’t start reading them when they originally came out, it was probably closer to the release of the third book that I engrossed myself in the world of Hogwarts. I’m not sure if this is a problem or not, but I have an obsession with this series that borders ridiculous.

When I read the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I cried for Hagrid when Norbert had to be taken to Ron’s brother in Romania. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban I nearly threw the book at the wall for Harry when all of his hopes of leaving the Dursley’s was crushed because of Peter-freaking-Pettigrew. When Sirius died in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , I felt like a little light went out inside me.

You may think I’m being over-dramatic, but you can ask anyone who knows/knew me at the time that I was reading these books. Even now, I can quote most of the movies because any time I am up moving around I either have the movies on or the audio books playing. My fiancee has practically threatened to take away my movie choosing privileges because I always choose Harry Potter.

I actually took one of those silly facebook quizzes titled: Which Harry Potter Character Are You, and I bet you’ll never guess who it was. I was totally

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Hermione Granger. It really fits me perfectly. =) There are a lot of things I remember about Harry Potter. I remember my first release party at Barnes & Noble with my Aunt Niki and Aunt Paula. There are so many memories that I have involving HP. For the release of the seventh and final volume in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , I was leaving Ireland, so for eight blissful hours I read, slowly savoring every page, the whole book.

So what is the point of all this bantering on and on about books that I love? Well, this is the series that did it for me. This is the series that has led me to be an English major and Creative Writing minor. This is the series that has given me a love for the written global-common-159x159-boy-reading-harry-potter-ents-snapshots-005.jpg word and the printed page.

More than anything in the world I want to be a writer. I want to live that lifestyle, to be the one that creates worlds for the imaginations of everyone. One day, I want one of my worlds to influence just one person the way that Harry Potter has influenced me.

So I leave you with this: Did you have a similar experience with a book or series of books? If so what is it? Tell me in my comments!

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