My favorite place is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando Florida. I have always been a huge fan of the Harry potter series and being able to go to a place like that was like a fish in a small bowl being able to swim in an ocean. When I went there I was able to be my own geeky self and no one would make fun of me. My whole life I’m always trying to fit in and there I could be myself. I can still remember every single detail of the trip from walking across the airport parking lot at 5:00 am to standing in front of the theme park with tears of joy rushing down my face and happiness spreading through my body.
One amazing thing that happened there was my experience in the Ollivanders wand shop. Ollivanders wand shop is the place in the Harry Potter series where the main character gets his wand and in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter they recreate his experience in a show. In the show 20 people go into an identical room of the one in the movies and the man at the desk picks two kids that would get to recreate the main characters experience. I really wanted to get picked but I didn’t. After the show when every one left I went up to the man at the desk and asked if he had any recommendations for wands (which meant could he help me find a wand to buy in the store right next to it). Read more »
The following rap is the result of extreme ennui, Facebook, and a rhyming exchange between myself and Doug DeMaio. Maybe someday I'll come up with the other verses, or perhaps one of you fine people could take it over. Perhaps even a podcast in the future...?
Based on the song "99 Problems" by Jay-Z.
If you're having Quidditch problems I feel bad for you son,
I got 99 problems but a snitch ain't one.
Now see it's year four and the trunk is raw,
In the rearview mirror is the Ministry law.
So I got two choices, land my flying car, or Read more »
I'm a little late. Sorry about that.
I remember when I was younger, say, seven years ago. I had just passed my reading test, and I was allowed to move on to the chapter books. Passing this test, well, it inflated my ego. I figured that I could read anything. The first thing I read? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Read more »
You were my favorite character
since that magical first book.
But at that time you were young and squeaky
so your courage was all I took.
But as those years went on and on,
together we grew and learned.
I admired who you turned out to be;
my respect you fully earned.
In that final book you shone
brighter than ever before.
You killed the evil, slithering demon.
Sliced it with the Sword.
I held my head high around my friends; Read more »
I havent been on here for a sinfully long time. So you can imagine any feedback will do me good. It would be much appreciated. I'm not sure if you need to read/know about Harry Potter to understand this but I hope everyone can enjoy it... I saw "unicorn" and all that popped to mind was Harry Potter... Obviously I do not own the franchise and don't intend to make any money through this. I just suddenly had the inspiration to write about these two because the book hardly explores them at all. Read more »
Sorry this is late - I only just realized what I wanted to say to Harry.
Dear Mr. Harry Potter,
I have some things to say to you. Alright, you can bring Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville, and whoever else you want over here, but I want you to hear this. Read more »
There have been many odes to Harry Potter in the last few weeks, and although everything I write has been said already, I won’t be able to rest until I’ve had my say as well.
I’ve been in love with the wizarding world since the age of five, and it’s an affair that has no foreseeable conclusion. Through every book I have laughed, and cried, and desperately wished that I could meet the people Ms. Rowling has brought to life with such honor, vivacity, and truth. Read more »
He is not gone.
Harry is not gone, not after ten years of laughing & crying & doing it all over again, not after ten years of midnight shows & book lines, not ten years of our imaginations....he is not gone.
I didn't believe them, I didn't believe them when they said how good Harry Potter was. Although I enjoyed the occasional movie, I had no faith in the books...in the words of J.K. Rowling. They were dull, mundane, uninteresting for me....so why should I have wasted my time on 4,224 pages? Read more »
It's true, you know. I didn't really realize it until I logged on today to see all the Potterheads together, mourning, crying because today is the day we have been dreading, today is the day we say goodbye.
We want to be Dumbledore's Army. We want to live at Hogwarts, fighting alongside Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna. We want to be with them, we want to be them. And in some part of our hearts, our imaginations, we are.
But we're not. We're something almost better, something almost more beautiful. Read more »
In June 2007, I was twelve years old, very nearly thirteen. I had read the first six books of the Harry Potter series a dozen times each. I was in Michigan, visiting relatives for a few weeks. And the seventh Harry Potter book was about to be released. Because we were in a metropolitan area for once, rather then a tiny Vermont town, attending the midnight release was not only possible, it was necessary. I found a black witch's hat with a green rim and used masking tape to attach blondish-white yarn all along the inside. I wore black, with striped green and black tights. Read more »
I've mulled over how to write a Harry Potter tribute for a few day now, and for once, my mind is drawing a blank. Even with other's writing to help me start, it feels too impersonal. I guess I should just write how I feel. Read more »
"A man appeared on the corner the cat had been watching, appeared so suddenly and silently you'd have thought he'd just popped out of the ground. The cat's tail twitched and its eyes narrowed.
Nothing like this man had ever been seen on Privet Drive. He was tall, thin, and very old, judging by the silver of his hair and beard, which were both long enough to tuck into his belt. He was wearing long robes, a purple cloak that swept the ground, and high-heeled, buckled boots. Read more »
12:05, I am sitting in the movie theatre, eyes fixed on the screen I am trying to take it in, take this all in. I don't ever want to forget. This is the end of an era, in a way. There will be no more movies, no more books– unless JKR decides to write them, but honestly, I doubt it. And I think that's okay. This is the end of an era. And yet– and yet it's not. Read more »
I am aware of this piece's potential to become redundant, but I felt the need to share anyway.
Picture a small child: a girl, about six years old with light brown hair and bright blue eyes and both shoes untied because she still hasn't learned.
Now picture her kneeling on the counter in front of the bathroom mirror clutching a red magic marker, struggling to illustrate a lightning bolt onto her own forehead before her parents come downstairs and whisk her off to school.
Picture her arriving at her kindergarten classroom, sidling up to all of her best friends and whispering like it's the most important secret they'll ever hear, "I'm Harry Potter."
The moment my dad started reading The Sorcerer's Stone, when I was just six years old, Harry Potter sparked something in me. The words of J.K. Rowling hit my ears via my father's voice, and my imagination became a place I never wanted to leave - even for school. In my imagination, from the very first book, I was magical. Suddenly the world was home to things like spells and potions and trolls and flying broomsticks.
I’d like your attention for a moment.
I hate how people get shot down for saying that the close of this movie will be the end of an era. Yes, we all know that the books came & ended before & that the films could never do them justice, but these movies are sacred as well. I grew up with Harry & Ron & Hermione, but, in doing so, Dan & Rupert & Emma also became some of my closest friends. I learned everything from them, but I’m afraid that their final lesson will come too late.
Yes, the books ended years ago, but that did not lessen the anticipation for each new film. The movies, I feel, actually helped us find our way back to our roots. How many of you couldn’t help but reread every book before heading off to the cinema? How many of you were roused by House & school spirit to attend the premieres in ridiculous costumes, only to find that, of course, everyone there was also dressed for the occasion? The years spent with J.K.’s pages were precious, but we cannot deny that we also grew up with these actors. The end of this film marks a graduation of sorts. Never again will we create new adventures with our dear witch & wizard friends. All we will have are the memories, & splendid memories they are. Read more »
He Will Only Be Gone When Those Truly Loyal to Him Have Left... A Farewell to Harry Potter: Day 14 of My July ChallengeSubmitted by DarkDecember on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 12:56pm
Today is the 14th of July, 2011, and tonight at midnight I will probably be crying like a very small child while staring at my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
I've written about Harry Potter on this site before. I think the last time was when Deathly Hallows, Part I came out and I talked about how happy I was that it was good. Anyway, this is definitely not the first time.
It is, however, the most important. Read more »
UPDATE: Harry Potter (The Movie) and the Deathly Hallows Part II is finally out. The movie series has now ended. In 3-D glory. Some of you may have already gone but I guarantee all of you will see it over the next few weeks. TELL THE YWP COMMUNITY WHAT YOU THINK. REVIEW it. Tell us what you think of the movie, the movies, the books. What have they meant to you? What were the points? What did you like best? What did you not like. Choose the keyword Harry Potter. Click on the link to see some of the great things people have written already! -- gg
...written for an application for a medical conference in Burlington this summer.
What can I say about the “Harry Potter” series that hasn’t been said before? My first words are to everybody who has read these books, whatever your views about them may be. I need hardly tell the fans that the second (or third, or fourth) time around is just as much fun as the first, so mainly this is for everyone else. Read more »
He woke up
the sky was in his eyes,
and the wait was over.
The books were finally finished!
and for all but the occasional
he would hear no more of the business.
'Ahhh', he thought, blinking into the
bright haze of morning,
'What freedom. There is so much of life
I have never been able
So, on that day,
in total confidence and vitality,
Dumbledore leapt up from his bed
and strode proudly into
the Great Hall of Hogwarts,
white beard whisping
past a sparkling pink G-string
slung scandalously low
on his hips.
* Fred and George Weasley
* Luna Lovegood
* Ginny Read more »
I bust out my wand
I'm better than James Bond
I see Voldemort creeping about
so i change my route
i cap that buster in his head
with a stunning spell i learned in defense ed.
he falls down with a smash
he gets up and in battle we clash
Hermione and Ron come to my aid
I'm not falling for his charade
I pull out the death stick
and throw Voldemort a kick Read more »
NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay. J.K. Rowling, author of the mega-selling fantasy series that ended last summer, outed the beloved character Friday night while appearing before a full house at Carnegie Hall. Click here to read article And click here for a story on reaction to Rowling's revelation.
This article caught me by surprise when I saw it in the Free Press this morning. I am unconcerned with the sexuality of the Hogwarts Headmaster, though I am a little wary of Rowling's willingness to contribute to a story after it's publication. I appreciate the risk she took (if it's that much of a risk) in relating these facts to the public, but wouldn't it be a better idea to let readers infer for themselves certain elements of the novels? I think it ruins the integrity of a story (and especially one as lasting as Harry Potter is proving to be) to have the author going "on tour" revealing and adding story elements.
Also, I find it interesting that a story such as this would even make this much impact. It really speaks to the magnitude of these books to have something like this announcement generating press like this.