Harry Potter and A Life Changed

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Harry Potter and A Life Changed Many people can name a specific experience that changed their world view, whether it be a significant event, a piece of art, an influential coach, or a religious experience. My view of the world changed significantly when I began to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This wonderful work of literature opened my eyes to the power of imagination and allowed me to develop my passion for reading. However, it also brought me to a realization, one that every young child must face: that every word an adult says is not necessarily true. After becoming aware of the ability for adults to be mistaken—or even to lie—I began to understand and realize that to be trusted by others, one must have respected reputation, and that trust in adults begins with a knowledge of their integrity. Before reading Harry Potter, I very rarely read for pleasure. I found reading boring, almost old fashioned. My frame of mind more readily paralleled Danny Divito in the movie Matlida, who says that “[t]here's nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from a television faster.” While my view of reading as a child could be summed up in that quote, everything changed when I was introduced to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I can remember to this day when my Dad began reading Harry Potter to me, and how I did not understand just how much this book would change me. Harry Potter and his world of wizardry became my own personal Shangri-La, my escape, my own world. Anytime I wanted, I could ascend to a world of fantasy and explore the depths of my own imagination in a way that I had never been capable of doing before. I became obsessed with the book, reading it before, during, and after sc... ... middle of paper ... ... is just like real life, someone works really hard to have a certain reputation, like the student who did well on all of his assignments, but in one single act tall that hard work can be completely shattered, like how the students reputation was shattered after he failed his final. A reputation is a very fragile thing—something we all must keep in mind whenever we make a decision, complete a project, or make a statement. The Harry Potter series has impacted my life directly; it was the reason I developed my passion for reading, and it opened my eyes to the real world with regard to adults and telling the truth. It also influenced me indirectly; by making me aware of the importance of a solid reputation. My hope is that everyone has something that changed them in the way that Harry Potter has changed my life, and helped turn me into the young man I am today.
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