We are Harry Potter fans. All four of us. While Big D and I have read all the books, the kids have seen every movie...So far (bad mommy, that last one was pretty terrifying!).
I started reading the books when I was nursing Harry all day, every day, from sun up to sun down, and mostly at night too. It was exhausting, and I didn't get anything else done, except nursing. So I picked up the Harry Potter book for the 2nd time (I just couldn't get into it the first time) and I didn't put it down until I finished it. And then I went after the next and on and on. I read all 4 of them by the time Harry was a couple of weeks old. Almost. I read the 5th one the weekend it came out, a few weeks after Carter was born. We were in Nauvoo for the release of the 6th book, and after a long day at the pageant, Big D drove to Keokuck to the local Walmart, to be there at 12:01 AM. I had most of it read by the time we got back to Utah. I am anxiously awaiting the release of #7 HOPEFULLY sometime next summer.
So, I guess you could say, we are a little..Um..Obsessed. Now after my conspiracy theory post, I know a lot of you would like to tell me about JK Rowling, and how she isn't real, and how the whole thing has been written to brainwash us. Um, I really don't care. I love the world of Harry Potter, even more than I love the world of Star Trek, and that is saying something. I dress up at Halloween, and for any and all releases. I dress up my kid as HP and win free movies. We frequently use the same spells at home (although they don't work as well, imagine 2 boys with cooking chopsticks yelling expeliarmas at each other.) My kids have their own homemade wands, robes, etc. I plan on buying a broom for Chilly for his 3rd birthday like this one . I adore the Harry Potter world. We have bumper stickers, hogwarts ties and a bunch of HP candy that we got for Christmas. (Anybody want some Bertie Botts every flavor beans? "When they say any flavor they mean it..." Dirt, earwax, earthworms. We can't stomach them.) We know all the websites, and all the toys. I've got some Golden snitches in my dresser, just waiting for the day the boys need a new treat. School books, toy puzzles. Pretty much everything.
One would ask why? I have to answer quite simply... Good always wins, the brave are honorable and a hero can be a 16 year old boy. When most of the world says "down with teenagers", these books find their inner qualities. Your choices in life mean more than your abilities. Life may not be easy, in fact, you can end up with the cards stacked against you, but strength of spirit, and sheer determination can get you past all the bumps in the road.
Plus the characters are so much fun.
So if you haven't read the books, or even if you have seen the movies, I suggest picking up the books. It's a quick read, and I promise, you will enjoy the magical world. And if you don't, then you can come back here and call me nuts.