By Melissa Lascody
The great Harry Potter novels and movies have become massive part of our society. Today’s teenagers have grown up on the books and movies, and consequently, the magical world of Harry Potter has become more than just a fictional story. It has become a part of their lives, a part of critical importance.
Around the world, children, teenagers, and even adults are united because of their mutual love for the world that J.K. Rowling has created. A worldwide community called Pottermore was created by JK Rowling that allows Potterheads (Harry Potter fans) to get their Hogwarts letters, shop in Diagon Alley, get sorted into one of the four houses, and participate in some of the academics that the students of Hogwarts would study, such as potion brewing and spell casting.
There are no set rules for becoming a Potterhead, but here are a few steps that might help you become a fan, or even deepen your appreciation for the magical series.
1). Read the books
The books are the basis of everything. Without them, the films and everything else remotely related would not exist. Without reading them, you will have an incomplete and warped version of the storyline. Without reading the books, you will not actually know the story at all. To truly appreciate the beauty of this fictional world, reading the books gives you the opportunity to actually delve deep into the details of the characters and the world they live in.
2). Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
Now that you have read the books and have a solid understanding of the story, you should let yourself marvel in the glory that is the Harry Potter films. There is absolutely nothing wrong with loving the movies, you just should not rely heavily on them if you want to know everything. They are movies after all; therefore it is impossible to include every single detail in the movies.
The films make the books come alive, literally. The characters now have faces, places are now tangible, and all those obscure words now have proper pronunciations. Everything is there for you to view, admire, and enjoy.
3). Do a little research
To be completely honest, Harry Potter has a lot going on and can get a tad bit tangled up with itself. There are plenty of people and websites out there that can explain anything that you might be confused about. Not only will you understand the series better, you will mostly likely learn something that you did not know before.
4). Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
The only thing better than being to see what everything looks like on a screen is being able to see it in person. The Wizarding World does a fantastic job of recreating the environment of Hogsmeade in a way that enables Universal’s visitors to experience the wonders of the magical world. Plenty shops are available to go into and purchase Harry Potter merchandise such as Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Beans, stuffed owls, a set of Hogwarts robes, and much more.
5). Buy your favorite character’s wand
This step is only to be completed if you truly want to do so, since the wands are a bit pricey for a lot of people. The wands are technically a collector’s item that does not have much of an actual use. However, they are just neat to own. Many choices are available to choose from. Ranging from the wands of the Golden Trio (Harry, Ron, and Hermione) to some of the infamous followers of Voldemort, there are few wands that you cannot buy.
6). Convert your friends to Potterheadism
Everything tends to be a lot more fun when you have a friend to share it with and obsess over the things you like. Share the wealth; spread the joy that Harry Potter brings. The next time you feel like watch the movies, invite a friend whose life seems to be lacking in the magic department. Keep talking about it with them, and eventually, they will turn into a Potterhead without even realizing it. In no time at all, you’ll have a friend to be in awe with.
7). Repeat any of the steps above if you feel so inclined
Want to reread the books? Do it. Want to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter every other weekend? Knock yourself out (not literally please, that would not be wise). The point is that by doing some of these things over again, you strengthen your bond with the series and only begin to appreciate everything on a deeper level.
There you have it! If these steps are followed, you will find yourself on the yellow brick road to Oz, or in this case, the love for Harry Potter (which is definitely way better). Learn how to ride a broom, memorize a spell, and be bewitched by the magic of the wizarding world.