Pop Culture: Celebrate Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl

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July 31st has a special place in the hearts of Harry Potter fans around the world. For it is not only the birthday of the beloved hero of one of the most popular series ever published, but it also the birthday of its author, J.K. Rowling.

This year marks Rowling’s 48th birthday while Harry Potter turns 33. To celebrate the occasion, Entertainment Weekly comprised a wonderful list of 33 things to love about Harry.

This day is worth mentioning — and even worth a blog post — because, speaking as a Harry Potter fan, we need these kind of memorials to celebrate our love of a series that was completed six years ago and a film franchise that ended two years ago. We’re itching for more Potter and will take any excuse we have to talk about it as much as possible.

Remember the thrill of placing a pre-order for the newest installment of the series or the struggle to convince your mom that you could stay awake long enough to go to a midnight premiere? I do, and I will never forget those moments. Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood — as I know it was with so many others of my generation as well — and it truly was the series that encouraged me to read and made me an avid reader. My grandma couldn’t thank Rowling enough for that.

Any time anything Harry Potter pops up, my attention is instantly drawn. Since Potterheads no longer have new material to look forward to, our hearts do a special jump when we see anything related to our favorite series. And that feeling will never go away.

Some day I would like to say that something I wrote made half of the impact Harry Potter has made on my generation and the world.

Happy Birthday Jo, and Happy Birthday Harry.

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