The J.K. Rowling Story: The Magic is in the Words for this Mom
As I sat and watched the new Lifetime movie about the story behind Harry Potter, The Magic Beyond Words, the J.K. Rowling Story, I’m reminded why not only do I let my kids read Harry Potter but why J.K. Rowling's books will forever have a place in our home.
As I sit and type I can still hear the melodic music that seems to float through all of the Harry Potter movies and while each of the kids loves the movies, we’ve always insisted that before seeing one of them, they read the book that accompanies that movie first.
You see, words holds true magic. J.K. Rowling knew this and through everything she endured, she kept on writing. Maybe my continued encouragement of the kids to read the Harry Potter books isn’t so much about the stories itself then but the craft of writing. As I watched J.K.’s story unfold, I too could see where an idea might be formed or the itch to write would grab her. I could feel that need to put to pen to paper and put the thoughts down, to let the ideas run out and take breath on their own. When the stress would grab her and life seemed too much, I could feel inside my own self the desire to write but nothing coming out as J.K. did and then when troubles seemed to pass, how easily the words would flow and the ideas would come. And the desire and ache to write everywhere you are… Oh don’t get me started! I carry around a notebook and pen in every purse and bag I own to satisfy that very craving.
Perhaps my children won’t grow up to be writers like J.K. or even their mom but they now have a deeper understanding for the words that go into creating such magical books and how those words get translated to film.
Then there’s the finality of it all. The last book has been out for a few years; each of my children (with the exception of Peanut) have all read it and now the final movie is here too.
It’s an ending. For me it’s more than an ending to a craze. It’s an ending to a childhood; one that people whose children haven’t grown up with the books, (or read them) or who aren’t fans of the books, I don’t believe can understand. My oldest is 15, his childhood is nearly over; the ending is inevitable. Bug literally grew up with Harry Potter and because of Harry, has discovered a whole new world of reading and authors to enjoy.
I feel the finality of his childhood in the books, the movies, and the words that J.K. Rowling put on paper for the world to enjoy.
Thank you J.K. for all that you have given my children, from helping my oldest discover the world of magic and reading to broadening all of my children’s horizons with your words. Your books will sit on our shelves long after the children have grown.
You can watch "Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story" on July 23 at 9 & 11 pm and July 24 at 7 pm et/pt.