Harry Potter Isn't Done Bewitching Our Generation

Harry Potter Isn't Done Bewitching Our Generation

"It's leviOsa, not levioSA"

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If you ask anyone to name a book series, eight out of ten people will say, Harry Potter. Have you ever wondered why that is? You know, apart from being quite literally one of the best selling series of all time.

As an "adult" of twenty-one years old, I am proud to say that I grew up in a time where the Harry Potter franchise wasn't complete, meaning I was present whenever the films were yet to release in theaters, as well as a few books written by J.K. Rowling.

I was there whenever there was a Harry Potter movie premiere. As a kid who loved the idea of magic, it truly was a surreal experience!

Not only did I love the entire ambiance of Harry Potter, but I resonated with the characters as well.

I looked up to Hermione for being wickedly intelligent, as well as Ron for being loyal, and Harry for being humble and kind despite having an awful childhood and cruel family members.

The Harry Potter series made me feel less alone most of the time since my parents worked a lot. I was always at my public library sitting down with a bag of Skittles and a big ol' Harry Potter book (This was before kids of the age of ten and under had technology; let me and my skittles be).

Each individual book brought me a different kind of happiness and opened up my mind to creativity, which is a big reason as to why I am a writer today.

I've seen and heard of from a lot of people, both older and younger than myself, on how the Harry Potter series impacted and changed their life for the better.

They tell me that Hogwarts is kind of like an escape they can go to whenever life just gets a bit too hard. The movie saga brings back an entire wave of nostalgia that honestly just can't be beaten by anything else.

The day that Deathly Hollows Pt. II came out in theaters, signaling not only the end of the Golden Trio's adventure but also tons of people's childhood as well— bittersweet sentiment could be felt all around as the end credits rolled on the screen.

However, as soon as JK Rowling introduced the Fantastic Beasts series (with five feature films on the way) people left and right rejoiced endlessly. Excitement could be seen all around the internet as everyone exclaimed that they were "going back home to Hogwarts."

I have no doubt in my mind that years and years from now, Harry Potter will still be one of the most beloved books of our time.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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