Why don’t I love Harry Potter?

why don't i like harry potter?

Calling all Potterheads (i.e. basically my entire generation)! I need y’all to clear up a tricky question for me: why don’t I love Harry Potter? In all other ways, I am the perfect millennial. I abbreviate my words; I share my life on Snapchat; relating to Taylor Swift is basically a full-time profession for me at this point. But I don’t love Harry Potter. And I’m not sure why.

why don't i love harry potter?It’s not like I hate Harry Potter. That would be simpler. If I just hated all YA, or was afraid of books with goblins in, or was fundamentally opposed to witchcraft and wizardry—then that could explain it. But it’s way more complicated than that. In fact, I quite like Harry Potter. It’s a good story, and J.K. Rowling is a hilarious writer—but the head-over-heels, buy-all-the-merch, get-a-harry-potter-tattoo obsession that most people my age seem to feel just totally passed me by.

I mean, I’m not particularly big on fantasy—but a little bit of magic never hurt anybody. And I do love books set in boarding schools. And I already knew how to pronounce Hermione. So what’s my problem? Why does Harry Potter just leave me….cold?

Whatever the reason, I’m fed up of it. I’m getting Harry Potter FOMO.

So I’m reading them all again, along with all the other #SiriusReaders on Twitter. And this time, I’m determined to fall in love.

That’s what I need you to help me with. I need you to let me know what’s so great about Harry Potter—so I know what to look for.

Is it the humour? Is it the silly names? Is it Hagrid? (It’s Hagrid, isn’t it?)

What is it that I’m missing out on? Why am I the only person whose Facebook profile picture isn’t me posing by Platform 9 ¾, and why don’t I want to get married at Universal Studios wearing a pointed hat?

This ends now. I want to get on that hype train. And I want to call it the Hogwarts Express because I want to have Harry Potter on the brain at all times.

This is in your hands.

  • Did you start reading it as an adult? I feel like part of that super intense emotional attachment is that for lots of us, we literally grew up with it and there’s so much nostalgia wrapped up in our feelings about it. I mean, they’re very good books, but I think that accounts for part of the obsession level

    • No I actually read the first few as they came out! But I stopped reading around #5 as I’d just lost interest. I read the whole series last October for the first time and I did like them, but yeah I guess I just don’t have that nostalgia!

  • Cass Geller

    I love this!
    I love Harry Potter. I didn’t straight away but as I eased into it, I loved it more and more. I do love a fantasy land but one that runs in parallel with reality. JK’s imagination is what caught me. I am fascinated with magical things. If you’re not, unfortunately we can’t force you to be but I think it’s amazing that you are giving it another chance! I always imagine that a magical, imaginary world running in parallel to our own is actually possible. That helps me relate to it more. Plus, although magical, Ron, Hermione and Harry still went through the trials and tribulations of growing up.

    • I am really liking it this time round – I think getting swept up in everyone else’s excitement really does help! I know what you mean, I do like how it all fits in to our world so it’s like ooohhh maybe there are actual wizards hiding in London. That would be awesome…

    • I totally agree that the fantasy world that runs parallel with reality makes it all the more relatable. <3 <3 <3

  • Lucie McMaplebear

    I was very slow onto the bandwagon with Harry Potter; I only started reading the books because I *had* to, to a wee girl I was babysitting at the time. I kinda fell in love with the characters, and I am a sucker for a series because once you get to know them, it’s nice to know they’ll be around for another few books! If I’m honest I am much more of a “His Dark Materials” fan though for the magical/fantasy aspect, and “A series of Unfortunate Events” for the characterisation. xxx Lucie

    • Yesss, I love A Series of Unfortunate Events! So so so excited for the TV show – I think NPH will be a great Count Olaf, how about you?

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