21. A Photo Of Something That Makes You Happy
l know it sounds really geeky but truth is Harry Potter is something that makes me happy. I remember when The Sorcerers Stone book first came out. I had no intention on reading the book at all. I was about 11 years old at the time and had just started the Roswell High series. So I wasn't looking for anything new. Although our school librarian at that time had other plans. Every time I would go in to check out a book Mrs. Austen would pull out a copy of the book and ask me "Stephanie have you read this yet?" I would tell her "No it doesn't sound good." She would just give me this look like she knew I was wrong. Always followed by "okay... But I know you would love it. You should give it a try." Eventually I did end up reading Harry Potter. That's when I realized that Mrs. Austen was right, I was sucked in. Funny thing about it is I didn't end up reading the Sorcerers Stone until years later after I had read The Deathly Hallows.
When the hype for the 7th and final book in the series started J.K Rowling did an interview saying she had killed off a beloved character. She went on to say she had taken this part of the story into her husband to let him read it. He then looked at her and pleaded with her not to kill this person off. She had told him she wished there was any other way but it had to be done, As soon as she said this I automatically knew it was Fred Weasley. I don't know why I thought it was Fred. It was just a feeling I had.When I would tell people about this feeling they would look at me like I was crazy. Saying things like "Out of everyone you think its Fred? That's just too random." or "She would never kill just one twin." *Fast forward a bit.*The book is released and I start getting texts and calls from people complaining that I jinxed Fred. *My bad...*
One of my favorite cast stories is when James Phelps found out Fred had been killed off. He was on a train in Japan. The book had just came out so no one had broken the news to him. When he got to the part where "he died" he was shocked (as he should have been) at that very moment the train's conductor comes up to him and asked for his ticket. James replies to him "I just died mate. Leave me alone!"
I have so many great memories with friends and family that also include Harry Potter. We would constantly go to midnight movie premiers and book launches. My niece used to come and stay with us during the summer and one weekend we went and saw The Goblet Of Fire 3 times. I remember Ami Lee was the ticket person at the time, each time we would come back she would say "Again? Really?" Katie and I have so many random inside jokes that have to do with Harry Potter. Random things from the Seamus Finnigan song (that I will not post on here.) to being Smexy like Malfoy.
My favorite Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff. I'm big on loyalty and I love how that's one of the primary factors of the house. When ever I take a sorting hat quiz 98% of the time I'm sorted into Hufflepuff. A couple years back The Harry Potter Prop exhibit came to Seattle. My mom is also a really big fan of the movies and books so I got us tickets. It was one of my favorite trips to Seattle. We had a blast looking at all of the props and clothes. We got to sit in Hagrid's chair, repot mandrakes, and also got sorted by a talking replica of the sorting hat. We were both sorted into Hufflepuff. I'm glad cause I was little bit worried for a moment I thought it would say Ravenclaw. One of my favorite memories is when we got to go into the Death Eater's room and they had Bellatrix Lestrange's costume. I turned to my mom and said "OMG! Its Bellatrix's dress!" I had a proper fan girl moment for sure. My mom was also excited about it. The people in our tour group looked at us like we were crazy. Like we shouldn't be this excited about a death eater. It was great.
Even though I have read them before I love going back and rereading the series. Truth be told I never actually read the series in order the first time I read it. I read 2 then 3 (all but the last chapter) 5 then went back and finished 3. Then read 4, 6, 7 then I went back and read the first book. And magically (this is not a pun) it all made sense. All expect Cedric Diggory. that didnt make sense until I went back and read The Goblet Of Fire. Which turned out to be one of my all time favorite books.
Back when they had been casting for the 4th film I got an email from a friend of mine and the subject was "Cedric has been cast" when I clicked on the email all it said was "Bring tissues" I was really confused until I scowled down and saw the picture of Robert Patinson that had been attached to the email.
At this point I had decided I was definitely going to need tissues for this movie. The night of the premier comes and I realized I had forgotten my tissues. I turned to one of my best friends at the time and asked them "Did you remember the tissues?" she had forgot the tissues also. Turns out everyone in our group that night had forgotten them. The movie goes on and we come to the 3rd and final task in the triwizard tournament. I thought okay this is it I'm not going to cry.
And then Cedric entered the maze. That's all it took for me. I started full on crying! The lady next to me asked me
"Why are you crying? All hes done is enter the maze." I told her I didn't know why I was crying. And truth be told I really don't know why I cried right then. By the time Cedric was actually killed I was out of tears
We went and saw the movie again the next day. I sat down and prepared myself not to cry. Cedric enters the maze and no tears. I thought I'm in the clear I will not cry this time. Wrong! This time I actually cried when he was killed. Katie and I go to see it a 3rd time that Saturday. I willed myself not to cry. This time I wasn't going to be a blubbering mess. Cedric enters the maze. No tears. Cedric dies still no tears were in the clear. Then Cedric says "Take my body back to my father will you?" and I lost it. At this point I'm even finding myself just a bit pathetic. It's only a movie. I'm a very emotional person but I'm not that emotional. The next day we went to see the movie one final time in theaters (I feel the need to point out I used to have free passes to this theater.) Katie and I sit down and she tells me not to cry. I get threw the parts where I cried the first 3 times and I'm thinking well that was easy. Until he gets back to Hogwarts and his dad sees him. I cried 4 separate times during The Goblet Of Fire. I haven't cried during that movie sense, or 4 separate times for any other movie sense.
My point to all of this is I have a very emotional tie to Harry Potter. I can't tell you why or how it happened but it's there. Despite all the the sad parts it has it also has some really wonderful parts as well. It has created some amazing and fun times for me over the years, and I'm very happy to say I'm a fan. I can't wait until I have children one day so I can share this amazing world with them as well.
If you have made it this far in this really long blog I applaud you and thank you for not ditching out half way threw.
XO That One Girl