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Somehow, I decided to take a risk and bought it, then returend it because my mom thought it was "evil". I later got it from the library and started reading it. I had no idea the phenomenon or the impact Harry Potter would have on the world. Or that 2 years later that my mom would be the one dragging me to the HP movies and calling to asking which scarf she should buy from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter changed the way I read books. I realized that authors could do more than just tell stories they could create a world that readers could imagine and grow in. The Prisoner of Azkaban blew my mind with it's checkov's guns, twist ending and vivid writing, I felt like I was in the shreking shack.
Whenever I read a book, I always look for the hints and clues that authors put into thier work. I look beyond the plot and allow myself to as the character as more than just words on a page.
In reality I'm thankful for all books, they have a funny way of taking us out of the moment and putting us in fantastical places.
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