July 21st, 2007
Thank You J.K. Rowling

No, I’m not thanking J.K. Rowling in the heading for her last book or the wonderful movies that accompany the series. We went to Barnes and Noble at midnight to pick up our copy of the last Harry Potter novel. It was wonderful seeing all the kids and adults dressed up like the characters–and then some. *g* The energy was palpable. It was an amazingly geeky moment where the only people who didn’t fit in were the ‘cool’ kids. One might be moved to say that it was magical. 🙂

I stood there staring in wonder at all the people around me laughing and playing with wands and their wizard hats. The were wrapped in scarves and wore various types of round glasses. Black, white, young, old, they’d all come to the bookstore to experience the moment together. I continued to watch, enjoying the energy, and suddenly I felt tears in my eyes. I wasn’t sad, but I did have a profound epiphany. For the first time, I realized the power of books. I mean I’ve always known what books have done for me throughout my life, the hours they’ve allowed me to escape, dream…but to see a book affecting people in such a powerful way reminded me why I’m a writer. I needed that reminder more than I realized. Something inside of me that had been dormant suddenly woke and looked around. I felt a rise in my spirit as my soul sat up and took notice.

Now I’m nowhere near as successful as J.K. Rowling. Probably never will be. Yet, if my work can make just one person feel the way the crowd in Barnes and Noble felt tonight, then I will have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. So for that I say, ‘Thank you, J.K. Rowling’.

14 comments to “Thank You J.K. Rowling”

  1. I could just imagine the spark in the air, Jordan. I don’t think any other book series has produced this kind of electric sizzle all around the publishing industry. I admire and respect and also thank JK Rowling for that. And I imagine there’s been more than one flame ignited in children that have read the books that will translate into more great inventive writers.

  2. Vivi, I have no doubt that this is a unique situation. We can only hope that the kids use these books as inspiration. I can’t wait to read their future stories. 🙂

  3. Jordan..

    Went to the party, came home,read until 4 am..slept until 10:30 and finsihed the book at 3 pm.

    JK Rowling delivered the goods.


  4. B&N delivered my copy – no bookstore to go celebrate Harry Potter day at, sniff. But I can just picture it! I think she single-handedly revitalized a love of reading in an entire generation, and that’s a spectacular achievement.

  5. Rebecca, My dh just finished the book, too. He LOVED it. Said it was terrific. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading it. 😀

  6. Charli, I agree. I’m thankful for her story-telling ability. 🙂

  7. Wonderful post, Jordan. I’ve always known the power of books, but to see it manifested as Rowling has managed is amazing. And yes, I can imagine how that would feel…

  8. Raine, It was weird. I knew the power, but it took the visual for it to hit me. I’m very glad it did. 🙂

  9. I totally agree with you. I went to my local B&N last night with two friends, and met two friends there. We were all hanging around outside (everyone- there were so many people there they had exceeded the fire code limit!), and it was a great experience. So I say, a great big Thank You, J. K. Rowling!

  10. Ann, We got lucky. The fire code remained in tact. But a good time was had by all. 🙂

  11. Wow!! That sounds so great…I need the same thing in me to wake up and look around. I think it stirred a little, maybe gave a sleepy snort or two, as I read your post. 🙂 Thanks, Jordan!

  12. Catherine, You’re welcome. 🙂

  13. I’m not a HP fan, never even read a book. But I get where you’re coming from.

    A blogger I found via Karen Scott’s blog had something posted that you’d probably like to read. Go see.

    Go see

  14. Shiloh, Thanks for the link. 🙂