Harry Potter Party!

Did you guys know that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out on June 26 1997? Which means today marks the 20th anniversary! How awesome is that! In recognition of this, I’m sure you guys have seen the new fancy covers they’ve come out with.

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Isn’t the Hufflepuff one the best??? (no bias here πŸ˜› )

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Before I get started, my fellow Harry Potter fans and blogging friendsΒ HannahΒ andΒ PamelaΒ have also posted about this Harry Potter milestone too!

The Books

Back in June 1997, I was only 5 and a half years old. We were living in the Philippines and I didn’t even have a clue what Harry Potter was.

In fact, I didn’t start reading Harry Potter until I was 11. That’s right, I didn’t start reading them till 2003, when there were already a few out. Order of the Phoenix was just coming out and people were freaking out cause apparently someone kinda important dies. I had not much interest in the books, but I picked one up at random from the school library, and I was hooked. It was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Yes, I read the fourth one first. No idea why, ask 11 year old me. Once I finished that, I went back and read the first three. There was no turning back at this point.

I read the fifth and loved it. In 2005, I read Half-Blood Prince and finished at midnight, yelling at my sister about Horcruxes. In 2007, I read Deathly Hallows and cried at the end. I loved these books, since finishing Deathly Hallows, I have gone on to read the entire series countless times.

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The Movies

When the first one came out, I had no interest, but everyone else did. I was the new kid back from overseas and had no idea what this fuss was all about. After I got into the books, I went to the movies to see Chamber of Secrets. It was okay. I wasn’t wowed though. Neither was my dad, as he fell asleep. I lost interest.

Then around 2007, they were marathoning the first four on tv. I decided to watch Prisoner of Azkaban and my mind was blown. The movie was good! It didn’t follow the book to the letter, but the acting was decent, the effects were good, and it looked good. I was suspicious that this was a one-off deal. So the next night, I watched Goblet of Fire. It was also good, the child actors were now growing up and beginning to hold their own. I was getting attached to the movie characters as much as the ones in the book. Well shit, now I need to see it in the theatre.

Order of the Phoenix, I watched that in the movies. Then while waiting for the sixth to come out, my friends and I had Harry Potter movie marathons where we watched all five. We watched Half Blood Prince in theatres in 2008 and cried. Then we had more marathons. Finally, we watched both parts of the Deathly Hallows at midnight screenings in 2010 and 2011. During part 2, I bawled my eyes out and cheered with the crowd. I was among my peeps, and you could feel the emotion in the room. I went home exhausted at 3 am, and got up for a 9am class for uni. It was cancelled as our professor was sick. So two of my friends who also went to the midnight viewing, decided to see it again. I agreed. We went and cried again. Later that week, a friend who hadn’t seen it wanted to go. I came with, and yes I cried. I now watch it without crying but I still get all the feels. I have yet to do a marathon with all eight movies. I don’t know if I could now, but I would be willing to try.

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The Obsession

This all helped to fuel my love of the magical world of Harry Potter. I joined Pottermore the second it opened. I was sorted into Hufflepuff which I always felt a kinship with. It led to endless conversations with my friends, and speculations about how it would end before we knew. It led to me owning all the books, and all the movies. It led to my friends and I buying each other Harry Potter merchandise and gushing about how amazing it is. It led to endless gift ideas for me, as you know I’ll love it as I love anything Harry Potter related. It led me to admire the actors from the franchise, to watch them grow alongside me and see how incredible they have become.

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Now that my rant is over, it’s time to party. If you’re a fan (like me!), then share your own story of how you came across Harry Potter, whether it be books or movies or both. Share what house you’re in, and what your favourite characters or moments are. For today, Harry Potter has been around for 20 years, and that is amazing.

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All the images come from Pinterest. I don’t own them.

Angela.

55 comments
  1. Great photos! Harry Potter is such an amazingly magical series!

    1. Thank you! And it really is πŸ˜„

  2. Oh how awesome. Yesterday here in Melbourne we were at a 20 year celebration at a local bookstore with the kids. It was super busy . Happy Anniversary HP πŸ™‚

    1. That’s so cool
      Happy anniversary to HP! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

  3. I’m a proud Ravenclaw (I have a post going up tomorrow about it!). My favorite character will always be Hermione. There are so many magical moments over the years but book 3 (and movie 3) are my favorites, although 7 was amazing too. I remember my parents had to drive all over to every bookstore they knew to find one of the books when it was released (maybe 4?) and eventually they learned their lesson and preordered them for me! I saw Deathly Hallows part 1 at midnight in college and then I took my dad to part 2 for his birthday at midnight! My dad loved it but it was a Friday and he was sooooo tired at work the next day. He still says it was an amazing present though! πŸ™‚

    1. Ah Yay! I’m excited about your post πŸ˜ƒ Hermione is amazing, but I low-key love Luna a little more πŸ˜‚
      Preordering is important. I borrowed the books from my friends to read the last two. I didn’t start buying and really getting into them till uni πŸ™‚

      1. That’s some nice friends to let you borrow the books. I should get new ones, mine are completely beat up haha. Luna is amazing as well. She’s a Ravenclaw you know! πŸ˜‰

  4. OMG!!!! The decorations are realllyyyyy spectacular!!!! I ❀️ Harry Potter. And I m a ravenclaw!!!

    1. Haha thank you! Pinterest is amazing with this kinda stuff πŸ™‚

  5. I love those new covers. I think they look really cool. Don’t shoot me, but I actually never read the Harry Potter books. I did watch the movies though.

    1. They are very cool, and dont worry πŸ˜„ that just means you can enjoy reading the books some day and enjoy them for the first time πŸ™‚

  6. Arghhhh, 20 years ago? That’s crazy! All of pictures look so fun!

    1. It is right?? Thanks Emma πŸ˜ƒ

  7. I’m a hardcore fan too. Glad to know that you love the series too. It’s hard not to love it, right? It’s so hard to believe that it’s been twenty years!!! I’m so obsessed with the series. I’ll be doing a post soon! 😊

    1. Yay! I love that so many of us are celebrating its 20th anniversary πŸ˜ƒ

      1. I know! I just published my post. πŸ˜€ Few other book series enjoy such privileges (or maybe I feel that way because I’m severely biased!) πŸ˜€

  8. I ADORE Harry Potter and those letters pending from the ceiling are just fab!!! I hope to have the chance to DIY them someday!!! <3

    1. Harry Potter is amazing!! I would love to try that decor one day too, I saw it on Pinterest and it was incredible!

      1. It is! The only problem is my cat Dobby (yes, Dobby is his name!), I’m afraid he would destroy them in one or two sec! πŸ˜›

  9. I love Harry Potter πŸ™‚ I’m planning on reading them again with the bookclub thing pottermore is doing, have you seen it?

    I really fancy doing a marathon at some point too. I think me and my friend managed 5 of them back to back, but it would take more than 24h to watch them all!

    1. I haven’t seen that Pottermore bookclub actually, I might go check it out πŸ˜€
      I have yet to marathon all 8, it would take pretty much 24 hours to watch them all, I don’t think I could do it πŸ˜‚

      1. You should check the book club out πŸ™‚ I want to do it but I’m trying to finish the book I’m reading before I start a new one.

        I know, I don’t think I could manage 24h of watching films! I get a bit restless and bored if I’m sitting still for too long. After I finished my exams I planned on watching them all through the week but didn’t get round to it! πŸ™

  10. I loved this post so much! Harry Potter is just amazing! I want to host a HP party one day! Looks so good xx

    1. Thanks Anni!! Harry Potter is the best! After looking through all this Pinterest stuff, I’m tempted to throw my own one too πŸ˜‚

  11. Happy Anniversary fellow potterhead !! πŸ™‚

    1. And a happy anniversary to you too πŸ˜ƒ

      1. 😊

  12. It HAS NOT been 20 years???? Holy crap! That’s mental!! This was my childhood! Me and my friend would queue up the night before outside the book shops to get our hands on the new one being released! My dad would bring us in and we’d wait and wait. Then we’d sit and read until it was finished! The excitement was unreal. I cried at the end of the last movie thinking that’s it….. the end of my childhood is official. What got me started on the first one was I finished The Lord of the rings and my dad found this and I moved over. I never got into the Lord of the Rings movies now but that may be something Ill have to add to my list! Every now and again I’ll pick up a HP book and read it. It’s quite comforting for me! Thanks for sharing! 20 years…. Madness! xx

    1. It has been 20 years!! Isn’t that crazy?? I never got the books right on release as i didn’t get really into them until after. But I do remember the excitement of reading them and not putting it down till I was finished! I never read LotR, I tried but i got bored. I really like the movies though!
      Harry Potter is definitely comforting, theres something very lovely and nostalgic about it all πŸ™‚

      1. Now i think about it i haven’t had that excitement since this series! Someone needs to up there game and get on this! I loved LOTR. My dad would read these to us in the voices and they were so much fun!!! xx

        1. That’s true! Both with books and movies, I have never been as excited as back then!

  13. Wow this is a superb collection. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

  14. I went from movie to book. Well, I was too scared to watch the movie: I was think I was about 7 when the first Harry Potter movie came from out and I was too scared and to watch it I tied a blue blanket around my neck with a white bunny on the corner so Super Meg would watch it. That was where my interest started and I watched the other movies since. I eventually read the books even if it meant asking my sister if I could read them. I have always been into fantasy and magic and that is a big reason why I love Harry Potter

  15. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years!!!! The first book came out three months before I was born hahaha XD And I am in love with those new editions, I’ll have to get the Slytherin one for myself 😍

    1. It’s crazy how long it’s been! Two whole decades!! Those new editions are pretty amazing 😍

  16. Great party set up! I love Harry Potter! πŸ™‚

    1. Haha, thank you! Me too! πŸ˜€

  17. I got the first book for Christmas when I was in 5th grade I think…I read it within a couple of days and bugged my mum until she bought me the second…then I had to wait impatiently until the Prisoner of Azkaban was released (while re-reading the first two like 10 times at least). In 8th grade I started to read the books in English. Harry Potter on one side and the dictionary on the other. By the way, thanks J.K. Rowling for teaching me English! I have to read them again some day πŸ™‚

    1. That’s so cool that it helped you learn English Nina!! πŸ˜ƒ

  18. Harry Potter has been such a big part of my life. It was a family tradition – we’d all read the book and see the film after. It was an emotional time when the last film came out! Great post xx

    1. That’s so cool that your whole family was into it, what a great tradition! Thanks Jess πŸ˜ƒ

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  20. Great post! Those new editions all look so beautiful!

    1. Thank you! They are gorgeous, aren’t they? πŸ˜„

  21. So cool! We actually do marathons every year in December and watch them all! But because Alex works we watch one every day for 8 days lol.
    I’m still working on getting the entire book collection πŸ™‚

    1. That’s awesome! And actually, that’s a better way of marathon watching all the movies πŸ˜€

      1. My favorite week of the year is when we watch HP LOL

  22. Love reading about how Potter came into people’s life. Also I diehard fan here! 😁😁

    1. Me too! Thanks for coming by πŸ˜€

  23. My older brother and our family friends got me hooked on Harry Potter when we were very little. I have watched all of the movies multiple times, and finally after wanting to read the books but never having time I read them over winter break. Reading the books made me fall in love with HP all over again. It brings back such great memories.

    1. I’m glad to hear that! It’s great to find out how other people came across HP πŸ˜„

  24. I’ve been a huge fan ever since I listened the the PoA audiobook when I was six! Also, those photos are absolutely beautiful.

    1. That’s awesome to hear! Thanks for sharing Lily πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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