Hello my name is Caitlin and I'm a Potter-holic.
Everyone has a story of how their Potter addiction started. My addiction started on 7/16/2005. It was the premier for book 6. I went to the premier for book 5 and attempted to read the book but it was too boring. So I was determined to read book 6. I never read any of the other books. I've only seen the movies. I started to read the book and I took it everywhere. I took it to summer camp and read all day. One day another girl at the camp came up to me and said," Oh my god, you're reading Half-Blood Prince! I just finished it. You know Dumbledore dies in the end?" I felt angry, sad, and shocked all in one moment. This was my first ever spoiler.
When I did finish I thought to myself, "That was the greatest book ever!" But I never read any of the others, so there was a lot I didn't understand. So I went back and read book 5. I still didn't understand everything. So I went to Barnes and Nobles and bought books 1-4. I read book four before the movie came out. I didn't read books 1-3 until this year though.
Once I read book 6 I was hooked. I watched the movies constantly and I've read every book at least 2. I've read book 6 4 times. I kept reading the books over and over to find clues for book 7. I made theories and read other people's theories. But none of this could prepare me for the Deathly Hallows.
I went to the Book 7 premier but this time I wore a Mrs. Potter shirt. It was awesome. I wasn't able to get the book that night(which made me pretty mad). I didn't get book 7 until July 23rd. I started reading at 4:30 p.m. and finished at 1:00 a.m. When I finished the book I went into Potter withdrawal. I kept reading the book over and over to trick myself into thinking it wasn't over. I didn't talk for a couple of days so I wouldn't spoil it to anyone. I wasn't really sad or angry that the series was over. I was just in disbelief. After a few days, I said to myself,"Wow, it's actually over."
I'm much better now. I'm not as obsessed as I used to be.
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