In 2000, when I was 8 years old, my sisters and I got the first three Harry Potter books for Christmas. My older sister got the first book, I, as the middle child, got the
second, and my younger sister got the third book.
I was beyond thrilled, my sisters weren't that happy but eventually, they grew to love the books as well. I just had to make them actually read the books first.
As typical kids we scribbled on the inside of the books. Though, instead of just scribbling, we each wrote JK Rowling a letter. Mine is... well, you'll see, but it's nice to read over our letters to her and know that our journey (as readers) was just beginning.
Just so you know, the black marks on the page are just to block out their names.
I will always love the Harry Potter series. When I'm an old, old woman, I'll still be reading them and sharing the story with other people. I'll look back on these letters with a smile.
I wish that I could go back in time tell myself that things actually do get better. Not right away, but eventually, things turn out okay. I would tell her to keep reading and keep dreaming, especially when things get bad.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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