It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends - J.K Rowling
Whenever I see a NOVA student with their nose buried in one of the Harry Potter books I am instantly filled with an amazing feeling. It is a unique and delightful combination of nostalgia for my childhood, excitement for the child reading such an incredible book and a tinge of jealousy that they still have the magic of the Harry Potter experience ahead of them. Countless hours of my childhood were spend seemingly on the couch with a book but really on an adventure at Hogwarts. That is the beauty of a fantastic book, it has the power to transport you to a completely different world.
J.K Rowling's story and characters came to her when she was sat on a delayed train to Manchester which shows that our imagination can have moments of wonder in the most unlikely situations. Rowling's personal story is an inspiring one that goes all the way from 'rags to riches'. When Rowling started writing The Harry Potter Series she was living in a cramped one-bedroom apartment with her young daughter and struggling to pay the bills. After many rejections Bloomsbury first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997, today Rowling is one the world's best selling authors and her books have been translated into 68 different languages. Rowling's story gives us a wonderful message that we can overcome difficult circumstances and succeed.
Students can find the complete Harry Potter Series in the EMS libraries. Harry Potter fans should head to this amazing website: www.pottermore.com