Confession: I’m a Harry Potter Fanatic

Confession: I'm a Harry Potter Fanatic

For today’s blog post, I’m going with something a little different. I’ve done book reviews and I’ve talked about my personal life, but there is one book series that has significantly impacted my life. If you read the post title, you can probably figure it out: Harry Potter.

I can’t remember exactly what age I got into it, but I know it was when I was still pretty little. I was 5 years old when the first movie came out, and it was probably about that time that my mom started to read the first couple books to me. Being a kid, I had a pretty short attention span and didn’t retain a whole lot of the information, but I always loved watching the movies when they came out.

I started reading all the books myself when the last one came out in 2007, which would have been the summer before 6th grade. I sped through them all in less than 2 weeks because I just couldn’t put them down. The characters I had been watching on screen somehow came more alive as I read them on the pages. For those two weeks, I completely immersed myself into the world of Harry Potter and magic and I loved it.

Fast forward to 2011 when the very last movie came out. I could say I wasn’t emotional, but that would be a lie. I remember going to the midnight premiere and crying from happiness because I was there, but also a little sadness because it was the end of an era that I had been a part of for most of my life.

The fact that the story is continuing makes me so incredibly happy. I wish I had the chance to watch the play, but I cannot wait to get my hands on the script book and read it just as fast as I did the other books.

On Saturday, I got the chance to visit Warner Bros. studios and see all the sets, props, and costumes that went into the production of all the movies. I walked into the front doors and heard Hedwig’s Theme playing, and chills went down my spine. After 15 years of being a fan, 3 times reading the book, and countless times seeing the movies, I couldn’t believe I was going to see the magic behind the movies.

The first place we saw was the Great Hall. It was filled with costumes from the first movie including the professors, students, and even the sorting hat! After that, we went through a room that had a whole bunch of sets. Highlights include the Gryffindor dormitory and common room, the Chamber of Secrets door, and Ministry of Magic Atrium.

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After the room with all the sets, we walked out of the studios to some outdoor sets. We saw the Knight Bus from The Prisoner of Azkaban, #4 Privet Drive, the moving chess pieces from The Philosopher’s Stone, the flying car and motorcycle, and the bridge at Hogwarts.

A billion pictures later, we moved to the prop studio where they kept all the prosthetics and the creatures from the movies. We’re talking stuff like the Basilisk, Hungarian Horntail, and Aragog the giant spider. Creepy yet so cool! We headed out to Diagon Alley (insert freaking out here) and then the tour ended with a model of Hogwarts. I honestly never wanted it to end!

So where does that leave me now? I want to read the books another time through sometime in the near future, and I will always watch the movies over and over when I have the chance. I will wear my Slytherin sweater and represent the best house of all (sorry to all my Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, and Hufflepuffs out there). I will spread the love of Harry Potter to my future children and teach them about the magical world that I grew up in.

To end this post, I’ll leave you all with a quote: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”

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38 Replies to “Confession: I’m a Harry Potter Fanatic”

  1. That is so awesome!! My sister has been trying to get me to read the series, she says it’s life changing like you did! Maybe I will give it a try!

    1. You totally should, Nancy! It’s the best series out there!

  2. Sooo jealous! Just crossed off the WWOHP off my bucket list, and the set is next!

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    1. I haven’t been to WWOHP since before the new addition, so I desperately want to go back!

  3. I saw that the book just came out yesterday! Thats so exciting!

    1. I’m so excited to read it!

  4. That looks amazing!! Definitely makes me want to re-read the books again. So happy you got to go to Warner Bros Studios!

    Michelle | http://www.landofstyleandsass.blogspot.com

    1. I want to read them again so badly! Thanks for reading Michelle!

  5. SO JEALOUS!!! I’m totally a big Harry Potter nerd. For my first date with my boyfriend, I made him go with me to see Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows part 1 haha. I’ll never forget that!

    X,
    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

    1. Oh my gosh that’s great! Totally love that!

  6. This looks like an absolute blast! So cool

    xoxo, Jenny

    1. It was so much fun! I loved it!

  7. I’m totally Harry Potter obsessed too! Love it 🙂

    Xx
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

    1. All great people are Harry Potter obsessed! Thanks Molly! 🙂

  8. What a cool place to visit! My boyfriend loves HP, so I’m sure eventually we’ll visit this place!

    1. Oh, he’ll LOVE it!

  9. OMG I went to the Warner Bros studio tour this past January and you’re making me miss it like crazy! That was such an amazing place, and I basically wish I could live there. I still have all the pictures on my phone and I look at them all the time.

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

    1. Girl, I feel the exact same way about it! I never wanted to walk out those doors like, “I can sleep in the Gryffindor dormitory, it’s fine!”

  10. My husband loves HP, I know I need to read the series and know I’ll love it!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    1. I can’t wait for you to read it!

  11. I am a huge harry potter fan too. I would love to go here one day. your just gets better and better!

    http://xoxobella.com

    1. I highly recommend it!

  12. I love harry potter, and you are so lucky to visit this magic place

    1. I honestly couldn’t even believe that I was there, it was so magical!

  13. It’s so funny, I absolutely love to read, but embarrassing enough, I’ve never read these! I love the movies, and I’m sure I would love the books. I definitely need to grab them…

    1. You totally should!

  14. I’ve never read or seen one Harry Potter book or movie! I bet this was a lot of fun for you though!

    1. I won’t tell you that you NEED to read them, but I highly recommend it!

  15. Haha, I’m totally a Harry Potter addict too! Can’t wait to read the new play!

  16. OMG, me too! Lucky you, you got to visit Warner Bros. I’m dying to visit it!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    1. I hope you get to visit soon!

  17. I never really got into the Harry Potter series but I have heard so many good things about it. It’s so cool you go to visit Warner Bros though!!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    1. It’s not for everyone!

  18. I can’t believe how young we all were when Harry Potter started! We have literally grown up with it. I remember reading it with my parents, then reading it at sleepaway camp, and always going to the movies.

    1. Right? It’s so crazy!

  19. I was never super into HP but these pictures look SO cool I’m jealous!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

    1. It’s not for everyone, but I thought it was amazing!

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