Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dear Miss Rowling

Harry Potter Month
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Hi everyone! Today I've got something a little different for you all. I've always wanted to write a letter to Queen J.K. Rowling and tell her how her books changed my life but like, HOW do you find the words to tell someone something like that?! Without coming off like a crazed fangirl. Not that I'm saying that I'm not a crazed fangirl because, hello, I totally am. It's just that I would want my letter to be perfect and of course, it never could be. So this year, I decided to do the next best thing and write an open letter to JKR and share it with the people I know will not only forgive my rabid fangirling, but will understand it too!

Dear Miss Rowling,


I've always loved reading for as long as I can remember. As early as 5 years old, I could be found with a book in my hand, be it a comic book, a contemporary, a magazine, a biography or a historical. Throughout my school years, I continued to devour books and my Summers off from school would be spent sitting out in the sun with one book or another to keep me company. Unfortunately, my University years were filled with books of the not-so-fun variety and with being a full-time student and keeping a part-time job throughout, reading for fun was out of the question. I came out of my studies thoroughly sick of books and reading. How sad! It wasn't until I was well into my first year as an official adult on the job market that I realized something was missing in my life. I wasn't reading for fun anymore and since I was no longer being forced to read not-for-fun, I truly missed it. But try as I might to fix this, I couldn't for the life of me find any books to get me excited about reading again. I was lost and it felt like a piece of my soul was missing. *cough* horcrux reference *cough*

As you might have guessed, it was indeed The Harry Potter Series that brought it all crashing back. I'd never read straight up fantasy before but I knew that I could enjoy the genre because I was a fan of many fantasy-movies. Despite that, I was in no way prepared for how profoundly the story of an 11-year old orphan would impact my life. I'm sure that you must hear this all the time, but your series changed my life and that is in no way an exaggeration. I can't even remember what it was like to live in a world without Harry Potter. It feels like the series and it's characters are as much a part of me as my family, my DNA or my own heart.  Following Harry's adventures as he learned to navigate the magical world, struggled to find out who he is, learned of his destiny and went out and saves the world taught me more about love, friendship, bravery, sacrifice, loss, family and hope than any other teachings or religious texts have ever come close to doing. Never have I been more moved, more inspired and more changed by something that all happened inside of my head.

Harry himself, as a character is without of doubt my hero of all heroes and my biggest role-model. If faced with an especially challenging situation, I often ask myself 'What Would Harry Do?'. Sometimes it helps, but other times it just makes me smile and eases some of the tension, which we all know can make a world of difference on it's own. I know that Harry isn't perfect, but it's his flaws, along with his formidable qualities that make him so incredibly amazing to me. Despite the fact that I'm currently the same age as Harry is in the present day, I feel no shame in saying that I want to be like Harry when I grow up.

Seeing as this letter is address to you Miss Rowling, I wanted to end it by saying THANK YOU. Thank you for EVERYTHING. Thank you for coming up with an idea and not giving up no matter what life threw your way. Thank you for giving the world a hero that would transcend age, race, gender and status. One that would bring the entire world together and would forever change who we are as readers. Thank you for gifting us with a story that would define a generation and become a classic in the same breath, one that will continue to touch lives for generations to come. Thank you for bringing back my love of reading, for introducing me to my favorite genre: fantasy and for helping me discover hundreds and hundreds of other books, if only to nurse my never-ending Harry Potter withdrawal. In short, thank you for being unapologetically you. You have been and continue to be an inspiration, not just with your work as an author, but as a humanitarian, a feminist and a source of aspiration in all of our lives.

So again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Yours truly,
Micheline

8 comments:

  1. WOW. That was absolutely beautiful and so well put. I love it and I feel the same way. I've tried for years to write a letter to J.K, Rowling but I never could quite figure out what to say or how to say it and you've done a wonderful job here. I hope that somehow she comes across this letter because I know it would put a smile on her face. Thank you so much for sharing! :D

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    1. Awww thank you so much Alex! I've thought about writing to her directly for years but in the end, I felt like this way took some of the pressure off for me wanting it to be perfect. O.O I do hope she stumbles across this one day, and she, you know, rings me up and invites me for tea XD

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  2. I read this earlier today and I swear it made me tear up as I sat in my office at work! I do wish I could do this too, write out all of my most deep-felt feelings to Jo, but I just wouldn't even know where to START. So I have so much love for you for tackling this, just speaking your feels and your truths. So well said <3<3

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    1. Oh Aylee, I love you for saying that! Honestly, when I thought about writing Jo directly I felt the same way^^ This way just took some of the pressure off and made it more fun because I knew that most of my fellow HP fans would get it and worst case, would forgive my shameless fangirling hehe! Thank you ♥♥

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  3. What a lovely letter! Your letter pretty much summarized a lot of my feelings about the HP series too. Harry was such an important role model to me as I was growing up. I know my life would not be the same without JKR's writing. I also hope that she somehow finds and reads this letter. :)

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    1. Thank you Ally ♥ I'm happy that all my feels felt relatable to you guys as well :) Harry was an important role-model for me when I discovered him as an adult (and still is) so I can imagine the influence he'd have had on a younger me! I kind of hope so too, that would be brilliant XD

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  4. This is amazing! I think you've summed up why we all love Harry Potter, but it's also uniquely you - with your love for Harry especially ;) I love the references you've snuck in - horcruxes and it all happening inside your head <3 I've thought about writing a letter before (though I doubt I'd ever post it!) especially since bucket list ideas often have "Write letters to 5 people who changed your life" and JKR (along with David Attenborough!) are always first to come to mind, but it's not something I've ever actually done. Maybe I should! (Though I doubt mine would be as beautifully written as this!)

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    1. Thank you so much Faith^^ LOL I *had* to geek out while writing this of course and sneak in some fandom references. I knew she would get it and I knew you guys would appreciate them too :) I think if I actually sat down and wrote to her, it would end up being as long as a book, incoherent for the most part and quite embarrassing. This way had much less pressure for me hehe! Oh I don't know, I think your letter would be gorgeous ♥♥

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