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.
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