When I think of culturally relevant things I have lived through, without a doubt, the Harry Potter series is the most positive culturally relevant thing I have been alive for. These books got people in bookstores at midnight. The young and the old chatted away swapping theories on what was up with Sirius Black, Dumbledore’s fate and what the horcruxes were going to be.
Oh, J.K., you plunged me into a world of magic and wizards and kick started my adolescent reading. Never had I desired a book as badly as I wanted Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows. I’d never had conversations with my friends about what would happen next in a series of books we were reading, but holy hell did we have long, long, long conversations over Harry.
J.K. Rowling, thank you for creating a character I could grow up with. Thank you for creating books which made me laugh, made me cry and gave me people to look up to. I loved the characters who were courageous in the face of insurmountable evil. The characters were clever, kind, resourceful, yet not without faults. Thank you for showing me strengths comes in many forms, whether it is championing for SPEW, whizzing around on the Quidditch field or being a member of Dumbledore’s Army or fighting Death Eaters, you have given me many positive examples to look to.
Thank you for making me feel like I was part of a larger community, and that, hey, reading is really cool.
Thank you for Hermoine with her crazy hair and beautiful brain. Thank you for the Weasleys, even Percy, but mostly Fred and George. Thank you for Tonk’s changing hair colors. Thank you for Professor McGonagall, I love that she’s a hardass. Thank you for letting Neville be a BAMF, I literally squeeked in delight over that.
Finally, thank you for inspiring Hank Green to come up with this:
This Post is part of a week-long Author Appreciation Week series spearheaded by Heidi R. Kling