As part of the Knight Bus--which I'm going to see day after tomorrow--participants get to make a short video discussing why they love Harry Potter. I have a long history of turning into a geek on camera, so all week I've been trying to think of something touching or witty to say.
It's led to some self questioning, to say the least. After all, what makes an adult fall in love with a kid's book? What makes a college student blow goodness-knows-how-much on collecting said books? What makes a grown woman want to drive 4 hours to see a giant, purple bus?
I was reading this article tonight when I found it:
"If you fall in love with reading when you're young, as I did, you spend the rest of your reading life trying to recapture that amazing feeling of tumbling down the rabbit hole for the first time and allowing a book to completely transport you to another world. It's often a bittersweet search; you end up disappointed far more often than not. You learn to resist hype, to keep your hopes down but your fingers crossed—and occasionally you're rewarded with a book like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
"Before I was 50 pages into that relatively slim novel (slim, that is, compared to the later books in the series), I realized how wrong I'd been. Sucked straight into Diagon Alley and Hogwarts, I knew that this was one of those rare books that remind me why I read."