Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ★★★★★

(part of the harry potter weekly double feature)

this really got me. not a lot of people know this about me anymore, but harry potter was probably the biggest pop culture influence on my childhood. 12 whole years of it. it’s a common occurrence for someone around my age, but it was such a special, sacred thing to me. after the last movie, i left the theater and knew i had to let it go. i had just turned 17, and had let the series consume my childhood since i was 5. it was a natural parting, there was nothing left of it for me to hold onto it so tightly. no more new books, no more new movies. i sobbed in a movie theater at 3am, and then said goodbye for a while. but recently i’ve been wanting to rewatch. i don’t think i’ve seen any of the movies since 2011. and then the theater i work at decided to show two of the movies each sunday for a month long

this was one of the most enjoyable experiences i’ve ever had at the theater, and i’d seen all 8 movies in theaters the first time around. i cried a lot too: harry and hagrid entering diagon alley, the hogwarts express winding it’s way through the hills. harry longingly gazing at his parents in the mirror of erised. this particular movie i used to watch every day. it was the first dvd i’ve ever owned, and i would play it on repeat on my family’s old windows 98 computer. it’s so burned into my brain that i still know every word

i’m just so happy i got to see this in theaters again, after some years of healthy distance from the biggest obsession i’ve ever had. now i can love it as an adult too, in a different way. and seeing it with my dad made it even better, because we’ve bonded over this series together every step of the way, since the night i asked him to read me the first book. maybe it’s cheesy to say now, but there will always be a place in my heart for harry potter