Being a Harry Potter Fan as an adult

St Dunstan in the East London

I know, I know. Being a grown up Potterhead isn't exactly big news or something new. But hear me out a bit.

There have been a couple of times this month alone where I feel people have mocked my life choices. They have blatantly taken the piss out of  my sheer passion for this fictional world that sometimes feels more like home than anything else.

I've had someone flat out laugh at me when I told them I was a big fan, someone say 'the funniest part of that was you looking so serious' when I told them I wore Gryffindor robes in Christ Church College and someone say it's time to stop acting like a kid.

I'm sorry, but screw you.

St Dunstan in the East London

I feel like I have had constant debates with people over whether or not Harry Potter is for kids. As much as I believe it's not, that's down to the individual person at the end of the day. But whether or not you think it is for children, it doesn't make it OK for you to make me feel small.

I have a passion for something and I don't think that's something to be ashamed of. I'm sure if I also spoke to people about my love for Shakespeare, travelling or even computers games, I wouldn't be met with nearly as much mockery as I do when they find out about the Harry Potter world I am enveloped in.

Sure, I don't try to hide it from people, but why the hell should I? People wear football shirts and talk about the latest controversy on XFactor without feeling like they should hide what they're interested in so why should Harry Potter be any different?


The Harry Potter world is something that's grown far beyond that last page and the grounds of Hogwarts. And it's growing every day. We have a whole swathe of people from my generation who have named their children Harry and Hermione. We also have a bunch of much stronger young people as a result of being inspired by the heroes and heroines within those pages.

Even the March For Our Lives protests in America this year could be partly attributed to the strength gained from Harry Potter. The young people mobilised and marched onwards with placards quoting 'Expelliarmus!' and 'Dumbledore's Army Still Recruiting'. There are real life 'Death Eaters' in this world, and there's a whole generation of people ready to fight back. 


Yes, pretty much 30 and I like Harry Potter. I like to dress up, buy wands and cuddly toys. I read the books every year and have been to the Studio Tour more times than anyone I know. But it's all OK. I'm perfectly happy with the way I am. Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean it's wrong or silly. I've had so many opportunities and life experiences gained from this world of magic and I will continue to show my love for it.

Maybe soon I'll stop feeling hurt when people laugh at me but until then, I'll just seek solace in the Prisoner of Azkaban, remember 'Expecto Patronum' and carry on.

8 comments

  1. Oh my i dont even hide the fact im a massive harry potter geek! My partner actually hates it and i annoy him with it all the time!!!

    x
    Taylor

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  2. Oh I love this, we are massive Potter fans over here! What is not to love? A bit of magic can go a long way in this world x

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  3. No one should mock you for following your passion; I'm so saddened to hear you have people in your life that think that's ok! Love what you love, and enjoy every minute of it. Life's too short.

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  4. I have visited Harry Potter Studios and it was fab - I am an adult and a fan too x

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  5. My younger sister is a really biy Harry Potter fan and she has all the books and movies. I’ve read them too and have also visited a few sites where it was filmed.

    Fatima

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  6. I think no matter what ones interest is as long as it makes you happy there really isn't an age limit. I think as adults we get to caught up with what we feel society expects but if you love it than thats all that matters so embrace and celebrate I say

    Laura x

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  7. I am also a big fan and I don't think it is anything to be ashamed of, just like you x

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  8. There is nothing wrong with loving Harry potter as an adult. Everyone should have there own right to enjoy things that they are passionate about

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