It was announced on Thursday that J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, is coming out with a new book and I might explode from excitement (if I don’t vomit first).
Rowling is an incredibly intelligent author and I can’t wait to find out what her upcoming “grown-up” novel is about! (I was tempted to make this post entirely exclamation points, but I’ll refrain.)
I’m so excited for this book that I think I’ll be content even if it is just a cover page with no actual story, and apparently I’m not alone. She has already had an amazing response on Twitter (but an amazing story would be great).
I’m not quite sure how to explain just how big of a Harry Potter fan I am without telling you the following story:
When I was in the fourth grade, I copied sections of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone into a journal I made my mother buy me from CVS. But I added what I thought was a much-needed layer to an otherwise flawless novel. This layer was the inclusion of myself as a character.
Let me say that again. I rewrote Harry Potter by hand into a notebook from CVS, and included myself as one his friends.
Is that weird? Yes.
Was I obsessed with fictional characters that attend a fictional school? Absolutely. Yes.
Did I at least sort myself into Gryffindor, excel in Charms class and become friends with all of the Weasleys?
Of course, silly. If I’m going to go to Hogwarts, I’m going to do it right.
For those wondering, I was Hermione’s best friend, Harry and I were very much love and I pulled pranks on students with Fred and George. Also, I was on the Quidditch team.
I’m not that girl anymore, I don’t rewrite books and I never again rewrote a Harry Potter novel… after the 7th book. My revisions were incredibly narcissistic and obviously unnecessary, but I think it shows how easily and completely I can fall in love with a great series of books.
Here is a picture of the weird Harry Potter nerd that still lives inside of me. Thankfully this nerd still exists but now she has contact lenses and no longer wears hot pink embroidered fleece sweatshirts.
(Me at about eleven years old. So yeah, I’ve always been effortlessly cool.)
Mostly importantly though, in addition to being a Harry Potter fan, I am a J.K. Rowling fan. Watch her commencement speech and try to tell me that she shouldn’t be my hero.
J.K. Rowling is brilliant and I have no doubt that this new book will be anything less than great.
But seriously, guys, if anyone has Rowling’s number, you should message me. I think there is still time to give some great character suggestions for her next book. How about a twenty-something brunette who likes to write, watch television, and eat salt and vinegar chips?
Featured image via Twitter