I will always remember the first day my second-grade teacher read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone aloud in class and how I was instantaneously attracted to the world of witches, wizards, magic, and mystical creatures.
The Harry Potter series is more than just a story about a little orphan boy. J.K. Rowling not only helped me further my passion and love of reading, she also helped me expand my vocabulary. She taught me to dream big and have an active imagination no matter how grand or ridiculous.
I am in my mid-twenties now, but I still am obsessed with anything and everything Harry Potter, including these adorable drawings by artist seventhallycat. It's as if I watched Harry, Ron, and Hermione grow up right in front of my eyes again. Oh, the nostalgia!
These three fresh-faced young ones have no idea what's in store for them at Hogwarts a they nervously get through their first year of classes, enemies, evil teachers, and did I mention, Voldemort?
The horrors that our protagonists experience in year two include a Polyjuice potion mix up, a malicious diary, a Basilisk, and a chamber filled with secrets. Luckily, this trio has each others' backs especially in moments of peril.
When Harry was given the Marauder's Map by Fred and George Weasley, I'm sure he had no idea he would eventually meet one of the original creators, who would not only end up to the the supposed wicked Sirius Black, but who is also Harry's caring godfather.
This is the year the hormones really start to kick in. Not only do tensions between Hermione and Ron escalate to sometimes pestering levels, Harry's name is randomly emitted from the Goblet of Fire. Harry escapes his fourth encounter of Voldemort.
As tensions between Dumbledore and the Ministry of Magic escalate, Harry shows everyone that he is Dumbledore's man through and through by creating Dumbledore's Army and continuing to practice Defense Against the Dark Arts. You can see it in his eyes that Dumbledore has finally told Harry the heavy truth about the prophecy.
As Harry and Dumbledore dig deep through Voldemort's past to learn how to defeat him, typical teenaged experiences of love, jealousy, and heartbreak plague the young students. We also mourn the incredibly dismal death of Dumbledore.
As Harry, Ron, and Hermione skip out on their final year at Hogwarts, their focus on destroying Voldemort's horcruxes is more crucial a task than their N.E.W.T.s. After Harry saves the wizarding world and finally faces Voldemort for the last time, we learn that the three continue being friends for the rest of their lives even after marriage and children.
Determination, strength, morality, and loyalty are only a few lessons we have learned from Harry and friends. As they grew, we did too. I hope this artist thinks about drawing the middle-aged three with their children!