00062: Why not?
It’s been a week since my last post. I did this on purpose because I wanted some time off from writing my personal feelings on the page. This doesn’t mean I have not been actively out there in the meta world. I have posted things on Facebook; I have posted things on Instagram; I have posted things on Twitter; I have posted things on TikTok.
A few days ago I posted a reply to someone who said, “Tell me you are a nerd without telling me you are a nerd.” Then this person opened a box, pulled out a wand and transformed into a Hogwarts student. Pretty cool. So, to show I’m a nerd, I recorded a video where I show my Harry Potter Collection, my Dr. Who Collection, and my Star Wars/Mandalorian Collection.
One of the comments left on from a viewer says, “I can’t believe that at your age you like Harry Potter.” Contrary to what most people believed, I don’t respond to comments on TikTok unless we are having a conversation that interest me, and that comment didn’t interest me at all. But I have been thinking about the comment so I decided to write about it here.
I like Harry Potter because I’m a writer, an artist, and I love seeing other writers/artists create wonderful stories and worlds I couldn’t imagine myself. Yes, I’m thankful J.K. came out with such story but deep inside I wish I had been the one. Why? Because I love the story of the boy who lived. It’s an amazing story with so many details, subplots, and intrigues that makes Harry Potter one of the best fantasies ever. That is the one of the many reason I like Harry Potter, even at my edge.
But aside from the magic spells, the fantastic beast, and the Quidditch tournaments, there are so many other reasons I love the Harry Potter Saga. The story, under all its magic and intrigue, brings out important issues that are part of our daily life: Social status, privilege, slavery and servitude, discrimination, philosophical existence, social class, and religion. All these themes are weaved in the Harry Potter stories. And since I read the books and watched the films, I clutched on these themes, so when reading this fantastical story full of spells, giants, dragons, and magic, I identified with different characters and their stories because of the issues they are living, issues that are present in my life since I was a young boy.
So, yes, even at my age I love Harry Potter and will continue liking Harry Potter because the story and its characters have proven to stay with those who’ve witnessed them, and I’m sure, they story will survive the test of time. Besides, when J. K. wrote the books, she didn’t put an age limit in regards to liking the saga. Just because I’m an older man doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to like stories written for young audience. And yes, the image you see above, is a quilt I have on one of my walls at home. #carlosmanuelspeaksthetruth