My Life In Books: Megan Bakewell

Harry Potter // J K Rowling

Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher's_Stone_Book_CoverNow I can’t write about my favourite books without including Harry Potter. At school I was known as the ‘Harry Potter girl,’ and honestly I have no problem with that; one time a boy I hadn’t spoken to in around three years messaged me to ask me: “Who is the lunatic chasing Neville over that bridge in Deathly Hallows Part 2,” to which I replied, “That’s Scabior, he’s in charge of the snatchers. They’re like bounty hunters.” He thanked me, I told him it was no problem and we haven’t spoken since.

If I was writing these in chronological order then it would’ve gone between Diane Wynne Jones and Jojo Meyers, however Harry Potter has been reread so many times that I can know open any book on a random page and contently read from there onwards if I have a spare ten minutes. The entirety of the Harry Potter universe just amazes me. J K Rowling is literally amazing; the thought that goes behind every tiny detail, and you cannot fault her for not going into enough detail. I certainly can’t think of anybody who could create an entire game that it’s actually played in various universities (not on brooms of course), and I reckon a good percentage of the world know exactly what Quidditch is. The irony in “There will be books written about Harry, every child in our world will know his name.” is never lost on me. Needless to say that Harry Potter will always be my fall back book, it’s like the best friend you’ve had since primary school where you may not see/speak to them that often but you know they’re always there. I can assure you that my children will be reading them.

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