Thanks to Josh, Neil and Humera, we have watched, rewatched and endlessly enjoyed the Harry Potter movies. Our ideal situation is binge watching the HP movies in our darkened family room with the ceiling fan on high on lazy sunday afternoons in the stupor of a food coma. That was a long sentence but oh-so-easy to do!
What's not to like about watching little Harry, Ron, and Hermione grow up in the shadow of evil. I have seen these movies many times but that's a fraction compared to Josh's count. His generation binges on HP even though they are adults. Imagine the hold!
What is it about this series that is so fascinating?
J. K. Rowling made it easy to unabashedly cheer for the kid who is cursed and pray for the end to what threatens him. The icing is the magic, of course.
Life, on the other hand, is full of decisions that linger on the edge of grey. Almost nothing is clear and everything is clouded by two or three paths at the fork. With Harry Potter, there's only one way to go - vanquish evil and cheer for good.
It's this simplicity that transfixes the members of our household - with over 30 years between the oldest and youngest - and gives us the spells to get through life...
Wingardium Leviosa when I want to levitate out of sticky situations.
Evanesco to make the junk in the house disappear instantly, needed every single day.
Accio to have things fly into my hands, like the dead cell phone lurking in the sofa.
Finite Incantatem the ultimate undo for life's mistakes.
Reparo to fix the glasses and cups I break at a regular clip.
Expecto Patronum to vanquish the dementors lurking under the bed (yup, they do).
Salvio Hexia to ward off the hexes on days when I need everything to work like a charm, and then...
Alohomora to unlock the charms.
When my wizards (muggles?!) come home through platform 9 and 3/4, they definitely reaffirm my belief in magic. If only I had a spell to make every day a lazy sunday!