The Three Things That Shaped Me [Part 2]: Harry Potter

In America, pop culture is the stable of our society. Movies, television, books, music etcetera, form friendships, they build traditions, they unite families, and they, often, define who we are.

The Three Things That Shaped Me is a small series I came up with where I wish to share the impact that three of my favorite fictional universes have had on my life and learn if any series, in any form, has done the same for you.

In Part 1 I discussed why I am forever indebted to Naruto – read more on that here -now in Part 2 I wish to share an extremely ubiquitous portion of my childhood, and most millennials, Harry Potter.


Before 2011, which saw the release of Deathly Hallows Part II, there wasn’t a time when a Potter book wasn’t in my hands or a Potter film wasn’t playing on my TV.

The world of witchcraft and wizardry was always on my mind way back when and it still is today. I used to to point my finger and scream alohomora! at automatic doors, fake shoot spells at my sister around the house, and discuss the magical world of the books for hours with friends. In fact, my love for Harry Potter created a lot of friendships in elementary and even still made me some friends in university.


When the Deathly Hallows book came out in 2007 I wasn’t really completed with the Harry Potter franchise since the films were still being made. When I left the theatre for Deathly Hallows Part II I was totally heartbroken and confused. Having something that was so heavily present and so influential to how I lived my life ending so abruptly  was similar to a best friend or family member moving far away or even passing away; I was just 12 years of age mind you.

This emptiness and melancholy lasted quite a while until I stumbled across a quote from J.K. Rowling which stated:

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.

It only took these two sentences from the Potter creator to reassure me that the  power for the wizarding world to remain in my heart was within my hands.

Despite the fact that I’ll never experience anything in the Potterverse for the first time ever again, I still whisper aguamenti! when refilling a glass of water, I still feel the emotion behind the plentiful heart-tugging lines just as I did in 5th grade, and my urge to become a wizard and attend Hogwarts is as strong as it was when I first opened the Sorcerer’s Stone all those years ago

Rowling’s  words even transcended her series and resonated with me on all aspects of life.

Around the time Harry Potter was coming to a close my grandma had passed away and shortly after I moved to the other side of the world and began a new life in Tanzania.

In the same way that Harry Potter would never leave my life, the beautiful memories I had of friends and family in America, and the memories I had with my late grandmother would never fade away for as long as my heart clinged on to them.

To reiterate this quote of Rowling’s again:

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.

The most important thing I take from this is how she emphasizes how powerful the tools of our mind, hearts and souls are.

While friends, family and beloved books come to an imminent end they never leave us spiritually. If you let them, they can always always be a part of you.

As cliché or corny as this may sound, Harry Potter was is my life. It sparked my love for reading, consequently causing my love for writing, and, as I’ve shocked myself in this entry, has continuously made me mature throughout my lifetime.

I thank you J.K. Rowling for creating the magical world of Harry Potter which impacts my life in more ways than you can imagine.

Are you a fan of HP? What are you favorite books or films? Were you as devastated as me when it ended? Or.. is there another franchise that has had a similar impact to your life like HP has had to mine? Let me know in the comments below!


6 thoughts on “The Three Things That Shaped Me [Part 2]: Harry Potter

  1. I always really enjoyed HP as a kid, but when I reread the books in high school, I felt so much more connected to the story and characters– it was the type of situation where I read the right books at the right time.

    I always go back and forth when it comes to my favorite book– either Order of the Phoenix or Half-Blood Prince (I’m in need of another reread). I love the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, but Goblet of Fire holds a special place in my heart because that’s the only one I saw in theaters.

    Great post!!

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