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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Harry Potter - The Wonder Years

 Did your teenagers literally grow up with Harry Potter, mine did, particularly my son. He was 7 years old when the first film debuted in 2001( the book was published in 1997). Harry was supposed to be 11 years old when the series began. In the final movie installment premiering this week-The Deathly Hallows: Part 2  his age is 17.  How many of you have wonderful memories of watching the movies as they came out one by one. Im sure like me, it began as a family outing- since the movies had something for everyone. Almost all of the movies premiered right around my son's birthday, making it extra special. Eventually, as both Harry and my son aged, the movie dynamic changed. I remember when I took my son and a few of his friends to one of the installments where I was politely informed that I should sit on the other side of the theatre at least 5 rows away--and then, finally, my son informed me there was no need for me to "go with" at all.--I could catch it on DVD. Harry and his friends Hermoine and Ron were not the only ones growing up. Beyond the movies and most importantly-there were the books. My son was not interested in reading until he read, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Like most of his friends, he could not put it down and anxiously awaited and devoured all of the sequels. . In between installments he read many other novels- because Harry had given him the taste for a really good book. Thank you Harry! ( and of course JK Rowling). A lot has happened to Harry and his Hogwart friends in the last 10 years. Likewise, I'm sure many of our children who are now solidly in their teen years have experienced trials and tribulations. Hopefully they have encountered way more Hagrids than Voldemorts in their lives.
One final note, My daughter who is 2 years younger than my son--wasn't as crazed with Harry and has found her addiction in the Twilight Series--personally--I like Harry!
Do you have a favorite Harry Potter moment in your teenagers life?

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