"Book lovers never go to bed alone"
I got into Harry Potter when I was in year one (so roughly when I was 6 going on 7) and I saw the first movie on the big screen. It made me fell in love with the whole fantasy things (I think the whole Harry Potter thing made me have a big imagination or so called 'horror' by my mum who thinks that my imagination should be smaller not bigger like it is now). I kept watching the films and still I really enjoy it but Í still haven't started reading the books. Until the Spring of 2005 where I got book four (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and started reading it. I read the whole book in six weeks (still my record for reading through a 400+ novel) and I enjoyed it.
I haven't read the whole series in order (and it gets quite confusing when I have to list in which order it goes because I stop reading one book to go to one of the earlier ones). So I try and tell you, my readers (hopefully I have readers) in which order I read the series (before I go on exactly HOW Harry Potter has changed my life):
Okay, now that's out of the way. How did Harry Potter changed a 15 going on 16 girl from the dense bushes of the Blue Mountains, Australia? Well, simple. I didn't want to or could not be confident reading out to my dad every night before I went to sleep. It was a ritual whenever dad was home to read to me (we read lots of books, mainly the Hazel Green series by Odo Heirsch and Pippi Longstockings) before I went off to sleep. After I was about 10, I really want to be more independent with my reading (and try and be able to read series confidently without my dad's help) and I knew that I liked the Harry Potter movies quite a lot and decided to read the series. It was the first series that I read independently and it led me on to other books such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares and Anne Frank's Diary.
I owe to J.K Rowling because without her (it is REALLY hard to write a series in this generation who is more into music, being plastic and video games) I probably won't have much literacy skills. I use to have to go to Speech Therapy and by reading the Harry Potter series, it helped me to become more literate and helped my speech a lot. Kudos to you J.K.R!
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