So, to be perfectly honest, I had no idea what I wanted to talk about in this post until about...2 minutes ago, when I realized, Oh, wait, TODAY is Wednesday. I'd been operating under the impression it was Tuesday. How the time flies when you don't have work.
I had asked via Facebook status what book I should read next - something for work, or something for leisure. I got many responses, all of them which I liked, but the one that really stood out to me was this:
"You should reread the Harry Potter series!"
And I thought, "By God, I should!"
It's no secret that I've loved Harry Potter from the minute I picked it up. It's truly a magical series, and much of that magic comes from the nostalgia of rereading the books. I used to reread them constantly throughout high school, but fell away from that practice once college started - which is a travesty, I know. But, it's amazing how childhood
Think about it. Isn't it funny how some books just kind of return to you, in a flash or moment, when you seem to be doing something totally unrelated. I feel like the most powerful books are like that. I mean "powerful" in the sense of having staying power. Perhaps their plot is just magical. Perhaps it's the individual words, which are so beautifully strung together that they come to you during the most mundane tasks and suddenly enrich your day. I find that books do this for me far more than any other type of entertainment or medium. And that's what happened today, when it was suggested I reread Harry Potter.
Needless to say, this evening has been spent scouring the libraries of Tucson for the series. I know what you're thinking - Alex, you mean to tell me you DON'T already own it?? Yes, I do - well, my family does, at any rate. But my family lives in Phoenix, and we've actually lost 2 or 3 of the books, so I thought, I'll just borrow them.
Only I can't.
Because there is not a single copy of Harry Potter checked in to any of the libraries in Tucson at this moment.
Now, this is disheartening, yes, but it's also heartwarming. It's heartwarming to know that even now, all these years later, it's still so popular. Now, granted, this may be in part due to the movie coming out in just a few days. But I think that's the beauty of the series, and a testament to the sheer power of nostalgia and the magical qualities books can have. It demonstrates that love of literature is still alive and well. It also demonstrates that the U of A library clearly needs to stock more than just one copy of the book (I mean, C'MON!).
I'll buy the series for myself someday (after I get a paycheck...). In the meantime, though, any friends in Tucson who may own them, please consider letting me borrow it. I'll give it back, I promise!