a book that makes me dream

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone Book

Which book makes you dream? I’ll tell you mine, then, please, tell me yours.

Some don’t like it, others are ‘meh’ about it. Nonetheless, I know it’s the choice of many, because we are a big community, us Potterheads.

– the first read

The first time, I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was back in 2001, just before the film came out. I had agreed to see it with a friend of mine, but I wanted to read it before watching it. She lent me book, but I was a sceptical – it looked like a children’s book. Little did I know that, nearly 20 years later I would still be reading them.

I was 14 years old, living a bit isolated in the contryside, in Southern Portugal, and it was then J. K. Rowling made me believe that anything was possible, even magic. Her books made me dream and hope, when I needed it the most.

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. he morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

It was the first book I ever read in English. My aunt Alecia gave me the Order of the Phoenix and it was both incredible and fulfilling to read it in its own language. I was so proud when I finished it. And the next summer, she gave me the Half-Blood Prince.

By now, I have read them all, many times, in Portuguese, English and Danish. I have also listened to the lovely Stephen Fry enacting the stories, on the way to work. It has been a companion and a friend.

– what stuck with me

Often, I think how reading these magical books shaped my life, because they definately did. I dreamt of going to university in the UK, of visiting Scotland, of speaking and writing fluently English. I might have done it either way, but I like to think that the books gave me an extra encouragement, something to aspire to.

I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I was always a bookworm, nose deep in a book throughout my teen years. Hermione made it okay for me to be that, even proud of it. She was the strong, nerdy female character that I needed. As Snape said, ‘always‘, and that is how it always be.


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PS – Remember to tell me which book makes you dream below ☟

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