It was in March 2001 that I discovered and read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time. From that moment on Harry Potter would become a big part of my life over the next decade. I immersed myself in the books, I fangirled and criticized the movies, I read fanfiction online and admired fan artwork, I bought posters and various memorabilia. On my bed right now is a Prisoner of Azkaban pillow with the faces of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson that I bought when the movie came out. Starting from the fifth book, I pre-ordered each new release months in advance and rushed to the bookstore to pick it up on the day of release. I attended a big release party for Deathly Hallows. I cried all through the two Deathly Hallows movies. Even though time and distance has brought me into new fandoms over the years and I haven’t read the books in a long time, Harry Potter still holds a big, unshakeable piece of my heart.
When I discovered #HarryXmasToYou hashtag on Instagram I was thrilled to have a reason to delve back into the series from the very beginning. I recruited two of my high school best friends, who I went through the biggest phases of my obsession with, to join me and they enthusiastically agreed. This December, 13 years after reading the books for the first time, I am so glad to finally be back at Hogwarts. I’m going to be reading all 7 books and then I’ll marathon the 8 movies. I’m currently on Chamber of Secrets and I’ll be making a post about each post as I go along. Harry Xmas To You!