Tuesday, 26 April 2011

By Elsa Bodin

The first fantasy novel I ever read on my own was Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. It was like I fell in love with the book. All the characters, the plots, the binding of the book, the pages, the spells, the magic and the environment became so close to my heart that when I had finished reading the last page of the book, it was with remorse. I wished that I hadn’t read the book more slowly. I immediately begged my father to rush to the bookstore and get me the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which I finished reading as fast as I had finished reading the first book. And so it went on, until I had finished reading the seventh and last book. 
I wouldn’t say that Harry Potter has contributed with anything ”meaningful” to my life, except hours of joyful and exciting reading. Yet, saying that seems quite harsh. Because, this may sound cheesy, Harry Potter plays a huge role in my life (the books, not the character). For example: The joyful excitement I used to feel when I bought the next Harry Potter book or when I bought the movie-ticket to the next film. 
Yes, these books have played an important part in my life. I don’t think my life would be any different without them, yet I still thrive over their existence. 


  1. Harry Potter IS meaningful. Don't you dare say that the books have not changed our lives. Thanks to them, we always have something to talk about.
    Ps. I found the ones with fancy covers in Akademibokhandeln in Fältöversten!

  2. As I commented on Elins post... You guys seems so joyful when you write and talk about Harry Potter(the books) and you describe the books as a big part of your life. And not only a part, as I can tell a part that sort of changed the way you see life. Now I definitely need to re-think my decisions of not reading Harry Potter.

  3. Very good writing Elsa. You manage to create an atmosphere immediately. Your simple, yet powerful, second sentence leads to an excellent third.

  4. I like how you describe your love for even the binding and the letters of the book. You write that when you finished a book, you did it with remorse, and I can understand that way of feeling too. Sometimes when you've read a book and really really enjoyed it, it feels rather bad for a few days afterwards. I think that's a pretty good sign that the book touched you.