I read the first Harry Potter under the duress of my mother when I was just 9 years old. I thought it was nerdy and stupid and would NOT read it. But boy am I glad she forced me to!
Harry Potter was a HUGE part of my childhood. When each book came out, it was like catching up with old friends every time. I grew up with the characters. They became as real to me as anything. When I read the last words of the last book, I burst into tears and cried for HOURS! No joke. That's how much I loved these books.
Somewhere in there, the movies started coming out and it made the wizarding world of Harry Potter even more real to me. I just love them so much, I can't even describe how much I love Harry Potter!
Exactly one month from this very moment, I will be in a movie theatre (in full costume of course) with some of my best friends watching the first half of the last Harry Potter movie. Words cannot even begin to describe how stinkin' excited I am! But at the same time it's really sad, because once the 2nd half of the movie comes out next year, it will be over.... forever. And after growing up with Harry, Ron and Hermione after all these years, it will be really hard to say goodbye.