Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now, students. If they can do it, why not us?" Harry Potter
So when I said "I watched a few Harry Potter movies" yesterday, that of course is code for "This week will become a Harry Potter marathon!" I'm on the Order of the Phoenix tonight and I always enjoy the transformation the characters make as the series goes on. Of course there are the obvious changes, the boys' voices get lower and Emma Watson gets more and more beautiful, but there is also a transformation of the characters that I truly love. Good movie series always have a tendency to keep you coming back for more and more, even after the fat lady sings, you still wish it would never end! I've always felt the first three movies were all about introducing the world of Harry Potter and everything is "soft and fluffy". In many ways it is like the first few months of a romantic relationship; you are getting to know the other person on the surface, what their favorite things are and what they like to do. You will learn silly things about them like their pet peeves, love of fudge, or the fact that their favorite color is lavender. Brown-nosing will only get you so far before they get mad. I have personally found that it isn't until the fourth-fifth movie (month) when the relationship becomes more serious. Black and white are days of the past and in comes a whole new layer of grey. Back to square one as you start a new chapter of your new fan-life.
Find deeper elements about the characters you never knew before. As you begin to change, the characters will begin to transform as well! Try to keep the trivia knowledge to a minimum. Too much Harry Potter love could leave your friends groaning and moaning. Myrtle Beach has a pottery studio called "Harry the Potter" and would be a great place to take Susan! Bones from the Harry Potter set can be found in London! Come on you crazy Harry Potter fan, get a grip. Hook up with other Harry Potter fans who would want to know this kind of information!
Eventually you will become so enthralled with the characters that you fear the final battle and dread the moment when you look your favorite character in the eye for the last time and wave a final "so long". Bottom line: As you begin to bloom and become the person you will be for the rest of your life, remember that all butterflies came from an insect the size of a worm. Tales of heroics and magic fall short if one were to only look at them through this lens and not from their entire background and humble beginnings. "Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now, students. If they can do it, why not us?"
Question time: Can you find all 13? If you don't know what I'm talking about, go read Harry Potter!