Disclaimer : I have read the Harry Potter books and watched the movies and I love both of them dearly.
I grew up with Harry Potter. It was a big part of my childhood, or rather, teenage years. I think I watched one or two of the movies first, then picked up the books and then watched all the movies. By the time I could catch up with the movie releases, the last movie came out and I remember walking out of the theatre with an extremely, extremely heavy heart.
I’m deeply attached with Harry Potter (books and movies both) in the sense that they’re good. Extremely good. It’s a good story, it has some excellent long-lasting-in-our-memory characters, it has a mesmerizing world and JK Rowling has written the book so well. So yes, I do love the whole series.
But I still can’t help feeling this pressure when it comes to Harry Potter. As if you can’t love it enough. Or as if, you can’t show it enough how much you absolutely love Harry Potter more than anything else in the world.
Just hear me out okay?
I watch a lot of booktube, and read a lot of bookish blogs too. Over all these years (basically, ever since I’ve had any kind of involvement in the online bookish community), I’ve always noticed people place Harry Potter on a pedestal. It’s almost as if, Harry Potter is above all. There is a lot of (and I mean, lot) of hype and excitement about the series in general and although I think it’s fantastic to talk about books you love, I always get this feeling that people go a tad bit overboard when it comes to Harry Potter.
(Please don’t hate me for this)
It’s a great series, I agree. I know that Harry Potter makes up the childhood of a lot of people, and there are of course going to be people who are a lot more attached to the series in special ways than me. I know a lot of people might have made lifelong friends because of Harry Potter and that’s great. Of course you’re allowed to love whatever you want with all your might. But I sometimes get this feeling that a lot of the time, people are more trying to show their love for the series by putting it on a pedestal?
And that creates an irregular kind of pressure (on me). I do love the series but I’ve never publicly gone gaga over it. I love it an adequate amount, and have fond memories of it. But seeing people react to Harry Potter and looking up to it kind of makes me feel as if I’m doing something wrong. As if I don’t love the series enough or that something was missing in my childhood.
Which is bullshit, I know but then again I can’t help this weird feeling. My problem is not with people being too emphatic with the series, it is with how ridiculous it makes me feel. Because deep down, I know that yes I love Harry Potter, but it is not the best series in the world. There are many other books I love more than the series, and that’s not going to change.
Harry Potter has problems too; and I know tha different people perceive problems differently but I guess what I’m trying to say is that the series is not perfect. And people online constantly making it out to be the most perfect series in the world and the best series ever written just puts a kind of pressure on me that maybe I should also love the series that way?
So that was basically it for today’s discussion. I kinda feel it’s all over the place, but at the same time I’ve been meaning to talk about this since ages. I’ve noticed this insane craze for Harry Potter since so long and this feeling of mine has increased ever since.