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I have never been the same
July 5th, 2017 by Coral

As we go through life, there are people and things that have great influence on us.  Usually family and friends are among these, as well as religion, education, and of course all those miscelanious factors.

 

Some of the influential factors in our lives can be pretty predictable, while othertimes they come as a complete surprise.  This is something that has come to mind recently as I have realized what the top three most influential factors of my life have been.

 

The first two, in no particular order, are my religion and my family.  The third one is the one people are more surprised by.

 

The third most influential factor in my life is Harry Potter, and the great woman who wrote that wonderful world. My life would have taken a very different turn if it weren’t for Harry Potter.

I started reading the Harry Potter whenI was about five years old, after my cousins had come to my house and shown me the movie. I remember them saying “There’s this great movie called Harry Potter, and you just have to watch it.”  I watched it and told my mom, and she said “Oh, those are books, and we have some, do you want to read them?”

Well, I was already a reader, so I was hooked. (The real question was why my mother had been withholding the books!).   I have followed the story avidly ever since. I waited for every movie release except the first one. Of course, this isn’t the thing that makes Harry Potter one of the most influential things in my life.

When I was probably about six or seven years old, I was in my yard one day, thinking about Harry Potter. I remember distinctly thinking “It must be so amazing to be able to create a whole world, with people and stories and magic, and share it with the world.”

And then lightning struck. I had the realization that forever changed my life.

“I can do that. JK Rowling is just a regular person, too, I can do that!”

My life has never been the same.  It was at that moment that I decided to be a writer, and almost every decision I have made since has been effected by this moment. I love my life, I met my best friend because I decided to be a writer, I have discovered a new angle to look at the world through. I can’t imagine who I would be without Harry Potter.

And that’s one of the things I want to accomplish, too. I don’t expect to be “the next JK Rowling” but I hope that someday, my writing can change someone’s life, even in the smallest way.


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