A longer blog post will follow soon(ish) but I just wanted to share with you the best souvenir that one could buy as a book lover in London.
These books have accompanied me through my late childhood and teenage years. I remember reading them for the first time, falling head over heels not only into the story but into a whole new world!
I remember not being able to stop reading the newest one, when you've waited for months and years for it to come out.
I remember my brother and me, reading the last 200 pages of the 6th volume together, him sitting behind me and looking over my shoulder, me annoyed with his slow reading speed. And all because neither of us wanted to let the other one finish it first. So we read it together.
I remember spending the hottest week of the year in the pool, with the newest volume propped up at the edge, while I had a cocktail on my left and a bowl of freshly picked strawberries to my right, not able to get out of the cool water but desperately wanting to finish the book!
I remember the first movie that I watched with my (then still a child) cousin, who recommended the books to me in the first place and who borrowed them to me, because until Saturday, I didn't own a single one of it.
I remember reading the last book, totally sucked up by all the things that happened and I remember crying, when fantasy figures died.
I remember seeing the last movie in the cinema with the same cousin that I saw the first one with.
I remember holding my breath during half of the film.
I remember feeling sad when I knew, that all of it was over and that there were never going to be new books or new movies and there will never be another seeing or reading it for the first time ever experience again.
And I remember reading those books again and again and again as I will do so now!
Because they still have the same magic for me as they had the first time around. I still love the story, I'm still surprised by little things that I forgot since I last read them.
After all this time? You might ask?
And in case you didn't get the millions of references, here's a picture of what I'm actually talking about. ;-)