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Harry Potter and Me: Part 7

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What started as a stream of thought on a broken-down train has escalated into a phenomenon with a series of books, movies, theme parks, museums, merchandise, and more. Thirteen years of books and movies have fulfilled every child’s fantasy of a world beyond their own that is filled with magic, adventure, and friendship. And although the final book was released in 2007, and the final movie released in 2011, the impact of this series continues, and will continue for the rest of time. Many people (and English teachers) may consider it pop culture with no literary merit, but I completely disagree. The books have universal themes throughout the series, the same themes that are in novels by Charles Dickens, or plays by Shakespeare. In fact, J.K. Rowling drew inspiration from those writers. The story may be fantasy, but the themes within the fantasy are completely realistic. Good vs. Evil, love, abandonment by family, the hero, coming of age, tragedy, etc. All the great novels in history have those themes. But I will not make this post into a defense against what non-HP fans think of the series. This post is solely about the Harry Potter fans. Because they are the only ones that matter.

Harry Potter has changed our lives in many different ways. I don’t know anyone’s stories, but I know that there are plenty of heartfelt ones out there. If you are reading this post and would like to share how Harry Potter has changed your life, please write it below in a comment.

603040_4245929351114_1162356973_nAs for me, I have said how it has changed my life. Harry Potter is what inspired me to begin writing my own stories, and is the inspiration behind me wanting to be an author. At age seven I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I still haven’t changed my mind. Yes, I am going to school to get a teaching certificate, BUT I will never give up on the one thing I want to be. Harry Potter has changed my life even further just by being part of my childhood. I never had an imaginary friend, because the Harry Potter books were there for me throughout my adolescent years. I grew up with the books, the movies… I’ve witnessed how Harry Potter has changed the entertainment industry, both film and literature. I have this emotional connection, just like many others, with the series, due to the fact of me growing up while the characters grew up alongside me. Harry Potter is extremely important to me. I don’t care how many people tell me (including my own sisters) that it’s stupid how I’m still so “obsessed” with Harry Potter and that it makes me “weird” to be so. I don’t care that they tell me to let go and move on, because it was “just a book.” It was “just a movie.” “No one’s going to care about it in a few years.”

My response? YOU DON’T KNOW. You don’t know what it’s like to be part of a community, home to millions of people. You don’t know what it’s like for people from all over the world, who speak different languages, who come from different parts of society, to feel like ONE; to bond over something like Harry Potter. You don’t know what it’s like to be part of the Harry Potter Generation. You simply just do not know, and I pity you for that.

Harry Potter will live on, and I hope to one day pass on my extreme love for Harry Potter to my own children. I hope to teach them what Harry Potter taught me. Before I start crying, I better wrap this up. Thank you Harry Potter, for teaching me the value of friendship. Thank you, Harry Potter, for teaching me that being smart is cool. Thank you, Harry Potter, for making me cry, laugh, and feel so many other emotions. Thank you, Harry Potter, for creating a world that every day, I wish I could be in. Thank you, Harry Potter, for bringing people of all sorts together as one family. Thank you, Harry Potter, for giving people a sense of purpose. Thank you, Harry Potter, for giving people comfort and support. Thank you, Harry Potter, for helping us through rough times. But most of all, thank you, JK Rowling. You are our God, and we all couldn’t be more proud to be your family.J+K+Rowling+Harry+Potter+Deathly+Hallows+Part+SXOyjX9kmwOl

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and relevetory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

J.K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008

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My Last Days

Everyone should watch this…. Zach Sobiech died today, May 20, 2013. What he left behind was dedication, aspiration, kindness, and most of all, love. His message is universal, and I believe it is very important to live with that kind of love and empathy in your heart. I know I do. People joke around with YOLO and carpe diem, and all of that cliche “live life with no regrets” thing, but really, it is a blessing. We were all born on this planet and made to someday die, whether young or old; whether of sickness, tragedy, or natural causes. It is painful to lose someone close to your heart, believe me, I know, but it is also important to continue living life knowing that person would have wanted you to. It is important to live your life in your own terms, no matter the amount of obstacles that come in your way. Treat those obstacles as experiences, and stay positive. What’s most important is love and kindness. We all need to strive to be like Zach; try to be kind and warm-hearted. As Ellen Degeneres says after every one of her tapings, “Be kind to one another.”

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May 20, 2013 · 11:27 pm

Help my friend out…(:

My friend Georgia is in Peru right now, helping out the many kids who need help. This is very important to her, and I urge you to donate some money to help these kids live the lives they deserve. Donate, share the link to your friends, families, and colleagues, and sit back and smile. You have done good in the world. Things like this may go unnoticed, but even the things that are unnoticed can stand out when it is bettering the world we live in.

http://www.gofundme.com/2fh86s

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I Spy….(Insert celebrity name)

Last weekend, my two friends and I went to New York City, and we had the best time there. It wasn’t that cold out, but there was a bit of overcast and fog. But we didn’t let the lack of sunshine to ruin our weekend! We left Jan. 11 in the morning via Megabus (definitely use this when traveling…it’s CHEAP), and spent four hours listening to music and goofing off. I am confident and proud to say that my friend Sam and I totally rocked out to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. We’re cool like that. We arrived to Brooklyn, where we were staying, around 5pm, and relaxed a bit before going back out to the city to see a play.

We went to see Golden Boy, with Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Dexter), Seth Numrich, and Tony Shaloub (Monk) at the Belasco Theatre. First things first, it was really good. The acting was amazing. Before the play started, and we were waiting in the lobby, my friend Acacia recognized someone, or as she said, “the girl from National Treasure.” Yes, Diane Kruger. I was the one who knew her name, like a TV/movie fanatic should, DUH. After getting into the theatre, and taking our seats, Sam went to the bathroom (yes, tmi, but it is important to the outcome of the story), and on her way, saw Diane Kruger at the bar with a couple friends. When she came back, we all decided to go down to the bar to ask her for a picture. After arguing who should go up and speak to her, I gave in and said I would. Because I am so smart and creative in my methods of introducing myself to a celebrity, I went up to her and said, “Sorry to bother you, but you look a lot like Diane Kruger.” I know, I’m so classy. We ended up getting a picture with her, which was taken by her boyfriend Joshua Jackson (actor from Fringe, Dawson’s Creek). We didn’t recognize Joshua Jackson at first, but I knew him from somewhere. Later in the night, I realized who he was. We felt so stupid, not realizing that he was also famous.

Acacia, Sam, and I were in the fifth row, dead in the center. Great view. Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson ended up having their seats three rows infront of ours. After the play ended, and we went outside to wait beside the stage door, it was nearly midnight. The actress I was completely excited to meet, Yvonne Strahovski, came out just before midnight, and I was able to get a picture with her and her autograph on my Chuck Season 5 DVD. I was completely starstruck, as she is one of my favorite actresses.

The next day, we started off by going down to the World Trade Center. We went in St. Paul’s Chapel, the church that stood its ground and suffered no casualties from 9/11. I had been there before, but it still brings tears to your eyes, knowing what people went through. After spending some time there, we walked nearly four miles up to the area where the Empire State Building is. We visited the Strand Bookstore, which is a bookworm’s ultimate fantasy. We then took a subway to Times Square, where we went to the Harry Potter Exhibition in the Discovery Center with the family we were staying with. I could LIVE in that place. I had gone to the exhibition in Boston, but it was even better the second time around. After going to the exhibition, we walked around Times Square a bit, where we saw Nick Cannon filming for Nickelodeon, and then headed up to Carmines on the Upper West Side. Carmines is an Italian restaurant that is meant for a large group of people because when you order something, it is served in a big, family sized platter. Let me just say, I approve. Or, in HIMYM terms, I put my stamp of approval. I suggest getting the fried calamari and tiramisu if you go there, because they are both really good. After eating at Carmines, my friends and I went to Columbus Circle and walked along Central Park South, and then walked down Fifth Ave to Rockefeller Center and Times Square.

Sunday was our predetermined shopping day. We started by going to Chinatown, and shopped around there, and had lunch at Nice Green Bo. We then made our way up to the Upper East Side, where we went to Dylan’s Candy Bar on 3rd Ave and 60th St. We stopped by the New York Palace Hotel and then went to Fifth Ave, and shopped our way down to Times Square. We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, which although is a bit pricy, has great food. We got back to Brooklyn in time to relax and watch the Golden Globes. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were AMAZING hosts. Everyone has already said this, but they should seriously host everything. I was happy for Jennifer Lawrence, the Les Mis cast, Ben Affleck, and Jessica Chastain. TV, I didn’t really care about, but I cheered when Lena Dunham won, because after seeing her ad for President Obama, I have wanted to start watching her TV show.

Monday, unfortunately, was our last day. Extreme sad face. We slept in, and had breakfast in Brooklyn. At the subway station, I was pretty confident that I saw the actress Mammie Gummer (sp?..from Emily Owens M.D. and The Ward). We then went to Columbus Circle, where the film, Winter’s Tale was filming (I have a website for filming locations).We were a bit early, so we walked around Central Park, and took some pictures. After seeing people begin to crowd around the corner of Central Park and Columbus Circle, we went over, where we saw that they were finishing setting up to film. We ended up seeing Jennifer Connelly, and were probably in one of the scenes they filmed before us and many others were moved, since we weren’t official extras or background actors. Oh how ¬†I wish I was.

That was the end of our trip, and we headed back to Rhode Island on a long bus ride, where we took shifts charging our phones since only a few of the outlets on the bus worked. Acacia, Sam, and I had a great time there, and we definitely want to go back! Maybe in the summer though, when it is warm and sunny! The weather was a bit dreary when we were there. Nevertheless, New York City is truly a wonderful city, and I love going there. I want to live there at some point…I am a big city person. I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year, and will continue to!

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Thanksgiving. The holiday where I get to stuff my face silly!

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! Thankgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I get to eat a lot of food. And I love food. A lot. Food is awesome. I like to eat food. On Thanksgiving, I get to stuff my face silly!

Since my parents are divorced, I get to have TWO Thanksgiving dinners! Two times the food! I had my first Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving at my mom’s house. When I woke up that morning (which was early…like 8am.) I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which I do every year. I’m not a fan of the lip synching, but I still like to see the floats and balloons, and of course, Santa. I helped out in the kitchen after–I made the mashed potatoes–and then, a few hours later, with a stomach growling with hunger, I sat down and ate with my sisters, mom, and Memere. I had turkey, stuffing, carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmellows, and apple pie. YUMMY. My Aunt Lulu then came over (she had been at her son’s house for Thanksgiving), and her, my mom, my Memere, and I played the most hilarious game of Pictionary EVER. My Aunt Lulu and Memere couldn’t draw if their life depended on it, and they couldn’t really guess either. After an hour we weren’t even a quarter-way done with the game. So we gave up.

Last night I had my second Thanksgiving dinner. My dad, sisters, and I came up to Connecticut Friday to have our dinner at my dad’s girlfriend’s house. Her brother and his family came from NYC Saturday morning, and we all had dinner in the afternoon. I had turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, pasta with walnut sauce, broccoli cassarole, and tiramisu. YUMMY. We all then played Apples to Apples, one of the best games ever invented. It’s always fun to play with ten people.

Anyways, that was my Thanksgiving weekend. Tomorrow, I’m going back to school (extremely sad face). But, that means one month until the end of the semester! And then I have a one month break!

So, I guess I’ll end this post with what I’m thankful for, not only on Thankgiving, but every day. I’m thankful for my family, my friends, the love I get from each and every one of them, my cats, Amber (RIP). I’m thankful that my mom now has a great job, and slowly, but surely, we are getting out of the financial funk we were in. I’m thankful that I am able to travel to Italy to see my family there, let alone, travel at all, because many people my age aren’t able to. I’m thankful for my doctors, who have helped me for many years and I owe everything to. I’m thankful for being able to have an amazing education, when others aren’t so lucky. I’m thankful that I have rights, like the right to vote. I’m thankful that this country will be moving FORWARD. I’m thankful for J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, without which I would probably be heading in a different direction with my life. I’m thankful for technology, because without it, I wouldn’t be able to write these posts for you!!

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