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I just had cause to look up the original publication date for the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and discovered that it was June 26, 1997. Yes, Harry Potter – the book, the series, the phenomenon, the life – is going to be twenty years old next month.

Fandom, I hope we're going to celebrate??


(And not only that, but we can do a double anniversary celebration, because also Deathly Hallows will be ten years old this summer, since it was published in July 2007 – which I'll never forget, because [personal profile] rabbitica was traveling with me in Europe that summer, endlessly debating whether she should buy the book in Europe and read it on the plane back or wait until she got back to the US; which meant neither of us had read the book yet while we were traveling, and we were in a hostel in Istanbul and had to run out of the room when anyone started talking about Deathly Hallows spoilers... She did buy the book and read it on the plane all in the one sitting; I waited until I'd moved to Berlin and borrowed it from my roommate's friend and read it in my little room with the sloping attic ceiling. I'm actually surprised that was only ten years ago. It feels like another life. Whereas HP#1 being twenty whopping years ago...that makes me feel old!)


Also, whenever I think of that full title, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, I have to go listen to Van Morrison's song "Philosopher's Stone."

Even my best friends, even my best friends they don't know
That my job is turning lead into gold...


Date: 2017-05-08 01:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indybaggins
Has it really been TEN YEARS since Deadly Hallows? My god. It does seem like it was forever ago, but a decade? I remember waiting in the crowd by the book store at like, 2am to get a copy. It was so much fun :)

Date: 2017-05-09 05:45 pm (UTC)
indybaggins: (Default)
From: [personal profile] indybaggins
I think it's because I didn't consciously know the beginning of it - I wasn't able to speak or read English 20 years ago. They did translate the books into Dutch a while later though, that's how I read the first three books.

And I'm still surprised that you joined fandom so late! We're glad to have you now, of course *g*

Date: 2017-05-11 02:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indybaggins
I'm 30 now, and I started English in school at age 13. I wish I could go back to myself when she was trying to get the "My name is ... and I am ... years old" and tell her that really, it'll all be okay *laughs* My French sucks these days though. I barely ever need it so I just forgot so much of it. Boo.

Harry Potter was a big thing in Belgium, too. I didn't read them straight away, I think back then I felt I was too old for the books, too? But then once I did I was a huge fan. I remember buying the 5th book right before a family vacation and then spending the whole time reading (to the great annoyance of my relatives) *g* These were the books that shaped a generation! I miss them, really. I wish there was something like it coming out now.

Date: 2017-05-13 08:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indybaggins
*laughs* 5th language! I grew up speaking Dutch, then French at age 9, Latin and Greek at 11, English at 13, and then at 15 I could choose between German and Spanish so I picked Spanish. I think most students in English-speaking countries would weep in horror at that curriculum, but it's fairly normal here *g*

And yes, I loved the scale of Harry Potter, the way EVERYONE would be into reading the new book, they're all great memories. I hope there will be something like it again!

Date: 2017-05-10 03:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rabbitica
And I cried and cried on the plane across the Atlantic!!

Date: 2017-05-21 03:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shimotsuki
Wow -- big anniversaries indeed. I've been almost completely out of fandom for this whole (baby-centered) year, but, this may be a good impetus for getting back into things again. (That, and the fact that it's summer vacation?)

Date: 2017-05-22 01:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shimotsuki
I am totally interested. A drabble might be all I could manage, but I should be able to do that much!

This also gives me a deadline for figuring out how to port my LJ over and get my DW all set up, heh. (I have the links for how to do it; I just have to sit down and read through everything.)

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