I hope you are enjoying my walk down memory lane when it comes to Harry Potter.
What I’ve realized is that reading the books and seeing the films have become a larger experience than just sitting in a room reading a book. I have never felt this about any other book or series I’ve read: this shared anticipation for each book or film to release, such widespread passion for specific characters and their stories. It goes beyond the page.
So, my last Potter memory:
During my final year of college I attended a Halloween party and dressed up as Harry. My friend Katie suggested we go trick-or-treating. It was a ridiculous idea. I had just turned twenty-one years old. I was a senior at a university, on my way to the workplace or to graduate school, to become an adult. I probably had not been trick or treating since I was fourteen.
But I was lucky. I looked very young. Katie did too. This has not always benefited me in my professional and private life. It is hard to be taken seriously when you look like a child. But in that particular situation looking young was an advantage. So we decided to test it. We went trick-or-treating as college seniors. We nodded when people asked us if we went to the local high school, I showed off my Harry costume to a bunch of impressed six year olds, and we got bags and bags of candy. It is one of my fondest memories of college: the day I got to act like a kid.
That’s another thing I love about the Harry Potter experience. There’s a kind of innocence about the whole craze. A bunch of people who are just excited. About a boy wizard. About a good book.
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