I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Yes, I know, the vast majority of the universe is, too. BUT, I really am. I’ve fully considered myself a part of the wizarding world since my 4th grade teacher read aloud Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to little 10-year-old Christine (and, you know, the rest of the class). I was thoroughly disappointed when I didn’t get my Hogwarts Owl at 11. Or 12. Or 27… I swear Errol’s just lost. He’ll find me one day and I’ll join the evening school Hogwarts program.
Over the course of my adolescenthood, I completely devoured the series. Every year, I anxiously awaited the coming of the next installment. My dad and I even waited in the midnight line at Borders on more than one occasion. We’d greedily snatch up 3 copies: one for me, one for him, and one for my little brother. No, there was no way we were going to be able to wait while the others finished to share (don’t worry, we always donated the extra two copies to our local library as soon as we were finished). Mom, for some reason still unbeknownst to us, never really jumped on the bandwagon. Hmph, muggles. The one year I went to sleepaway camp, I was distraught that I’d be stuck canoeing or making a campfire when the book released. I hated camp for many reasons, but that was near the top of the list. As soon as I landed home, only shortly behind my tear-stained homesick letters, my brother came shooting out of the house with my favorite stuffed animal and my copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in hand. I think I may have started reading before I hugged my mom hello. Sorry, Mom.
Harry Potter—the series, not the character—and I are inextricably linked. Many of my favorite memories from ages 10 to 23 involve having to put a book down to do homework (or at least saying I did) or spending rare one-on-one time with my father to go get the newest installment or going to one of the movies sans parental supervision for the first time, even graduating from college and moving to a new city on my own. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 opened a mere 2 months after moving to Boston, where I didn’t know a soul. Connecting with fellow Harry Potter fanatics in the office is what solidified friendships I still cherish today.
I continue to find new joy in the series, and hope I always will. I made my fiancé read them shortly after we started dating (I won’t even get into why he hadn’t yet. I still don’t get it.)—telling him it was required reading for being with me. The way he whipped through the series and we dissected each character and big event tell me he loved them. How could he not? I’m still working on him to let me make a Marauders Map as the guest book for our wedding, but I’m confident I’ll win out on that one (because how awesome is that idea, really? Everyone signs a pair of feet wandering Hogwarts. Who wouldn’t want to sign that, or have it hang on their wall forever? No one wouldn’t, that’s who.).
My love of all things HP fully covered, I bring you my newest obsession from the wizarding world: Harry Potter-inspired knits. Each and every one of these 25 patterns and goodies (for those of you who just can’t wait, and need to buy it now) exemplifies just how much love the world has for our dear ol’ Harry and his perfectly misfit gang. To boot, each one is Fandom chic at it’s best–to wear and enjoy with pride! I’m sure Dobby would approve of gifting each and every one of these to yourself or a beloved house elf in need:
- Time-Turner Fingerless Mitts by Knitting for Sanity
- House Scarf by Dovile Petra
- Harry Potter Sweater by New Lanark Wool & Textiles
- Gryffindor Hat with Pom-Pom by Oh Boy! Handmade
- Slytherin Scarf by SciFi Knits
- Harry Potter Knit Mobile by Tulsa Toys
- Fleur Delacour Beaux Baton Academy Hat by Montana KnitWits Felts
- Hermoine Hearts Ron Hat by Christy Aylesworth
- Umbridge Hair Bow by Kathleen Sperling
- Hogwarts School Vest by Hobbie’s House of Wizard Wear
- Hedwig Fingerless Gloves by Liselle Made
- Ravenclaw Pillow by The Ginger Knitter
- Hedwig Socks by Carrie Barraco
- Mini Golden Snitch Sweater Ornament by Lea Bronnenkant
- Ravenclaw Owlery Mittens by Knitting by Jen