LibPicks : Harry Potter Book Night
I know I am a few days late with this one so I beg the Potterheads out there to forgive me, but as I mentioned in my previous post, the past week has been a rough one. In any case, what better time to drift away into my favourite magical world then in the midst of despair filled days?
Starting in 2014, Potterheads (Harry Potter fans for all you Muggles reading this) have been joining together to re-read and celebrate the iconic Harry Potter book series during the month of February. This year, the “official” Harry Potter Book Night fell on February 7th, 2019 BUT as Dumbledore would tell us, it does not do to dwell… PLUS why spend just one day celebrating all of the joy and magic that the wondrous Wizarding world has to offer when you can make everyday magical?
In case you aren’t catching the “snitch” yet (see what I did there?), I am a wee bit obsessed with all that the Wizarding world has to offer, and I am COMPLETELY okay with it! Growing up as a shy, book-loving nerd (which let us be VERY clear - I love being a nerd and do not use the term in a negative light AT ALL), who preferred staying indoors (in the Library) during recess, and in her room (with her bookshelf) the rest of the time, it was a challenge to navigate my way through who I was, how to make friends, and how to “fit in” with the kids around me. I found solace in the pages of my books, and none more so than the first magical book in the beloved series, “Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone.” Through the pages of this childhood classic, I found wondrous adventure, learned about true friendships, discovered the importance of love and kindness and courage, and learned that it was okay to be unique from those around me. It was a world where anything was possible and I never looked back.
I am now 22 years old and my love for the magical and “weird” has not dwindled in the slightest. In fact, I would even say it has only grown stronger. It is easy to overlook the fact that navigating through adulthood is really not much different from the journey through childhood. You struggle to find your place in this world, find the right career to fit in to, the right people to spend your future with. It is just as scary as deciding what “group” of kids to sit with at lunch or deciding how you want your peers to see you. Either way… life can be a bleak and scary place some times, but all you need to do is say “lumos” and you will be okay, because:
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
As I recently spoiled myself and bought a new box-set of the entire series (I told you I am obsessed), I have decided to spend February like the rest of my fellow Potterheads out there re-living the memories of adventures that helped to guide me through so much throughout the years. This time around, I opted for The Half-Blood Prince. I have re-read the series several times, yet this is one that I have read the least, so I figured why not!? I am about a quarter of the way through and cannot wait to spend the rest of the month visiting the world that I love most!
I want to leave you with a challenge: pick a book from a series that makes you the happiest in the world and join me in the excitement for the month of February! What series will you choose from and why?! Comment down below and be sure to check-in on my other social platforms for updates on my February book choice! I would love if you send me updates on how your reading journey is going this month so do not hesitate!
Whether you are a witch, wizard, muggle, or any other whimsical creature in between, I hope you have a truly magical weekend!