Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Harry Potter, You Wonderful Boy, You Brave Man

Rachel, Max and Mom at Midnight Showing of Deathly Hallows, Part 2!
Well, what can I say.  It seems like yesterday we were just sitting down to read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" aloud together, and now, well, it's just too hard to think about.  It feels like the passing of an era, and that makes me feel old.  Worse yet, it makes me realize just how fleeting childhood is.

And yet, there is a beginning after the end.  For me, this  light comes in the form of a not yet 16 year old who was reluctant to dive into the land of witches and wizards at the ages of 10 and 12.  The size of the books alone were enough to stop her in her tracks.  While her mother and brother gobbled them up, she obstinately refused to find them worth her while.

Until now.

Now I find her reading and sharing all the wonderful insights that J.K. has inspired in so many.  I find her making connections between Harry's experiences and her own life and sharing them with me.  And I am grateful. 

Thank you J.K. for being true to yourself.  For being the kind of mother who believed in storytelling, and for being brave enough to write your stories down. 

We were discussing Harry Potter at work again (Hey, I'm lucky enough to work with a gal who chose to write her sermon series this month on the "gospel according to Harry Potter") and Pastor Pam shared that she can't remember a time when she and her family weren't looking forward to the next book/movie release.  Think about it.  That's a lot to look forward to, and how will we ever fill that place again?

The only thing I'm sure of is that I don't really know.  But I do believe that J.K. touched on some elemental truths on what it means to be human, and those are the kind of stories that get shared over and over again.

“Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J.K. Rowling

1 comment:

Pam and Jake said...

Yes... we will always have that brave boy and wonderful man with us... the books remain on the shelves, under the bed, and on the floor and desk... ready for us to dive into again and again. Thanks be!

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