I couldn’t wait until the Young One was old enough for me to start reading her Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I knew she would find an immediate kinship with Hermione Granger–the brains behind the Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’s heroic trio, Harry, Ron and Hermione.
I pulled the Older One’s copy of the book off the shelf, and we spent most of the summer learning about potions and spells and the proper way to pronounce “leviosa”. (“It’s levi-O-sa, not levio-SA!”) We followed up the book with a viewing of the movie, and she was extremely irritated that a major scene from the book’s climactic chapter featuring Hermione’s contribution to the defeat of Voldemort was cut from the cinematic version.
“That’s the part I wanted to see!” she complained.
Nevertheless, when we unearthed the decade-old Hogwart’s robe that her brother wore for Halloween 2000, she knew who she was going to portray for Halloween 2015….
The movies hadn’t been released yet. In fact, only three of the seven books had been published. Harry Potter mania was in its infancy. Finding all the accessories to turn my child into the most famous wizard in the world was challenging.
Store shelves weren’t lined with Harry Potter licensed merchandise back then. He had to be happy with a wand from a magic kit and plastic glasses from Walgreens. He certainly didn’t have a Gryffindor tie and a light-up replica wand….
For Halloween 2000, we had only the magic of our imaginations to pull together the perfect Harry Potter image, but today, I have the magic of Photoshop, so that Harry and Hermione can be together again…