I remember when I first laid eyes on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It was in the children's section of the Boca Raton Library, and I was making my regular visit to pick up some picture books for my daughter, who was 5 years old at the time. The book was prominently placed on a bookstand near the librarian's desk, and what caught my eye was the colorful cover. Who said, "Don't judge a book by its cover?" I did and was glad for it! I picked it up and read the synopsis about wizards and dragons, and a boy who discovers this magical world, I was already hooked. And then I read it. Like all great stories, the words on the page transport you and make you feel as if you are walking down Diagon Alley, amazed, just like Harry was when he realizes that a magical world exists within our own mundane muggle world. Maybe it was because I had just created a family of my own, but the sections when Harry longs to see and to talk to his mother and father, touched my heart. Soon after that, the buzz of this Book, took a swirling curve upwards and like magic, it became a bestseller around the world.
What's fascinating to me is the huge fan appreciation and devotion to this wonderful series today, and my daughter who first heard the story about Harry Potter 13 years ago, is most definitely a devoted fan. In anticipation of the final movie coming out on July 15, she and her friends had a Harry Potter Party to celebrate. She personally made goodie bags full of treats from Honeydukes and handmade wands from Ollivander's (made with chopsticks and a hot glue gun!). I helped her scour the web trying to find a frog mold to make chocolate frogs; it's not a very popular mold shape in Japan, but we finally found an old one at a nearby antique shop. There are so many creative recipes out there to make your own Harry Potter delectables, but this one that my daughter made herself was tasty. She couldn't find pumpkin puree in a can so we made do with kabocha puree to make Pumpkin Pasties.
Enjoy the final movie!