Hi guys! It's Becky here, from Becky Bedbug.Whilst Ria is living it up at LeakyCon, she's asked me to write a little guest post for her. I'm totally not jealous that she's at LeakyCon. Nope. Not one bit. Not at all...
I thought it would be fitting to write a bit about why I love Harry Potter. I've made no secret of my adoration for the wizarding world and, in fact, I'm getting married in Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando next summer!
There are a gazillion reasons why I love Harry Potter but, to stop this post being a hundred thousand words long, I've narrowed it down to just three reasons.
Harry Potter teaches life valuesThere are so many lessons lurking within the pages of the Harry Potter series that I couldn't possibly list them all. From themes of friendship, love and courage come lessons for life.
"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be"- The Goblet of Fire.
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live"- The Chamber of Secrets
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light"- The Prisoner of Azkaban
It allows an escape from the mundane
I first came across Harry Potter as an imaginative 11 year old way back in 1999. I would hole myself up in my bedroom reading and re-reading the three books (Goblet of Fire was yet to be released) for hours upon end. I was swept up by the tales of the magical castle of Hogwarts, the lessons unlike anything in the muggle world, dark secrets lurking in forests. Everything about the wizarding world drew me in and I was desperate to be a part of it. I'm not ashamed to admit I tried to make myself a muggle-born witch. It didn't work.
There is a wonderful Harry Potter community
Until I was in my 20s, I didn't know anybody else who loved Harry Potter as much as me. Then I met my best friend Laura. Together, we discovered a huge Harry Potter community. We discovered online in-jokes (No post on Sundays!), spin-offs (Team Starkid all the way!) and, best of all, Harry Potter conventions. We travelled all the way to Florida for LeakyCon 2011 and it was the best time of our lives. Surrounded by people who understood our love and laughed at our jokes. It was amazing!
Bonus reason 4: Alan RickmanEnough said!