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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thank you, Harry

This summer felt like a pivotal chapter in my life with the final installment of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" on the big screen. Like many of today's young adults, now in their twenties, I grew up (from a young mother to a graduate's mom) with a Harry Potter volume lying on my bedside table. 

I can't say that I rushed to midnight book release parties or that I have a Hogwarts robe and scarf in my closet, but Harry Potter has been an indelible part of my life. The series never failed to make me smile or tear up. There were always memorable words of wisdom. I'll never forget closing the book on that final page and saying, "I knew it. I just knew it." 

Whether you're a lover or a hater of this magical series, you must understand that it was the dream behind the book that touched my life so deeply. I sat down and completed my first novel length work after reading the first volume by J.K. Rowling. My project wasn't a fantasy, but a story dear to my heart that I'd never had the courage to attempt to work out on paper. Harry accepted his magical world without question, and this in some way empowered me to believe in my own worlds, too. The success of the Harry Potter series and the brilliant writing by its author, inspired me to pursue the dream of being published. I wanted to make people happy and give them hope for their lives and the fantasies they kept hidden in their hearts. 

It has taken me about as long as it took Harry to graduate from Hogwarts, but with five published books and a new paranormal scheduled for February 2012, I've realized one of my own special dreams, and it's brought great happiness into my life. That is the power of a good story. It moves us to change in ways we never thought possible. 

So thank you, Harry, for letting me imagine if only for a few moments, that with words nothing is impossible. Not even a little magic. 

Danielle Thorne

Sea Adventure and Sweet Romance 


lastnerve said...

Even though my kids have read everything JK Rowling, I have never ever read the entire book. I've been totally into the movies though. I hate to see this series end. It has meant a lot to a lot of people.


Chelle Cordero said...

What a wonderful analogy about allowing us to pursue our own dreams. Wishing you well on your dreams coming true.


Laura Kaye said...

Wonderful, wonderful post!

Laura Kaye
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Larion aka Larriane Wills said...

I've never read Harry Potter as a child or adult. I know, I know, that makes me odd. However, I too owe dear Harry a debt. after my first book was published, a fantasy, my grandson forced his way through it, just because i wrote it. I say forced because he was a poor reader. after mine, he got a little taste of enjoying the written word that i'm sure would have faded if not for Harry. He tried one of his next. by the time he finished the series, he was hooked. he's moved on to things like Dan Brown and loving it. I'm not talking about a grade schooler here, but a full grown man. I suspect Harrry has done as much for many a young mind if he had such an influence on someone who thought reading was a boring chore after school.

Stacie said...

I finally saw the last movie yesterday. I admit that I cried. I'm in my mid-thirties and I adore the world of HP. I think it is a classic.

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Robin said...

I loved the Harry Potter books!

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Danielle Thorne said...

Thanks for leaving comments. I'm always happy to know that I'm not the only closet Harry Potter fan writing books in other genres, but always loving my time at Hogwarts!

Na said...

I have to admit I have never read a Harry Potter book or a Twilight book. I'm planning to though just to see for myself if I like it. I really think inspiration can be found everywhere and I'm glad Harry inspired you into writing your first novel. I do like a magic world and this post does make me want to acquaint myself with Harry's world soon.

Laura Ann Dunks said...

I grew up with Harry Potter. I was only 11 when the first book was publish. It truly is the end of an era!

Laura xxx

shiderly77 said...

Great post! I never read Harry Potter but I've seen all the movies!

JohnF said...

The best magic comes from the heart.