Friday, July 15, 2011

Don't think it's that big of a deal huh?

It was the summer of 2003. I was engaged to my present day wife and I was out of college for the summer working at the local Hastings. During that summer, the 5th Harry Potter book, The Order of the Phoenix, was released. Because it was a midnight release of the book, we were scheduled to work the midnight release of the book.

At the time, I had never read any of the Harry Potter books. I had heard of them, and had even watched the 1st movie. I knew it was popular, but never in my life would I have guess what was to come. I thought that we would sell some books, and be out within the next 30 mins to hour. Boy was I wrong. The line of people was endless! We live in a small community, so I didn’t think that there would be this many people who showed up! We stayed and sold book after book. It was nearly 3:30 a.m. by the time we were closing up and going home. I went home in amazement at the number of people who stood in line for a book… A BOOK! A stupid fantasy book!

About a year later, I somehow obtained a copy of the first Harry Potter book. I’m not sure how I got it, or where it came from, or even why I bothered to pick it up. I’ve NEVER been one who likes to read…ever. I’ve never enjoyed it and never had to read anything other than what was assigned in school. However, for some reason, I got this book and opened it up. I read the first page…first chapter…first book… and from those lowly beginnings at privet drive, my world would never be the same.

Since then, I have stood in line during the midnight release of the last book (it was even more insane than that night I worked at Hastings). We’ve also got all of the movies up to date and have enjoyed many many hours of reading and watching Harry Potter.

But last night, the final installment of the Harry Potter movies has come to an end. The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the last movie in the series. We’re going to see it this weekend, and it’ll definitely be a bittersweet moment when the credits roll.

If you think Harry Potter is a joke, a kiddy thing, or just plain dumb, you have to realize that Harry Potter is one of the most successful franchises in the world! Still think it’s not worth seeing? Still think it’s a waste of time?

I guess you’ve heard of Twilight haven’t you? You may think that’s a big deal and a huge phenomenon? Guess again. That’s a teenage girl American thing. Stephanie Myer’s net worth is only about 125 million dollars. How bout Tom Clancy? Big time author, been writing books for year? Net worth 300 million dollars. Stephen King? Horror, suspense, fiction writer. 400 million dollars.

No…this is junk change to the creator of Harry Potter.

J.K. Rowling. Author of the International best-selling series of all time, Harry Potter is the first billion dollar author… That’s right, net worth is approximately, 1 Billion dollars…

Harry Potter's not so dumb anymore huh?

Suck it Stephanie Myer!!!

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