1. Because of Harry Potter.
  2. Not that older people or today's kids can't love this series.
    My daughter in the Ravenclaw hat I knit for her. My husband has read the first 3 books with her. Book 4 was too intense, but maybe this summer.
  3. But I haven't read them.
    I am a Scorpio book contrarian. Tell me I MUST READ THIS and I'm like nah (e.g., The Kite Runner, The Help, The Rosie Project, most things by known misogynist white guys). I know many folks in my general age range who have not read them.
  4. But I definitely would have.
    Had I grown up with this series. I just graduated from college when the first book was released in the US.
  5. Gen X-ers like me have a lot of popular culture touchstones:
    Like, pretty much everything from the 80s.
  6. "You're ashamed to be seen with me! You're ashamed to go out with me!"
    ❤️ John Hughes ❤️
  7. The Thriller video premiere was an event.
    I was equal parts terrified and in love with it.
  8. Your wrecked legacy will never tarnish the shine of Denise Huxtable, Bill Cosby.
  9. But not books.
  10. The Harry Potter series is the shared text of a generation.
    And love for HP cuts across gender, class, race and sexuality.
  11. I see it in my students.
    An advisee shuffled through papers in her Gryffindor folder yesterday. Striped scarves all around campus. Mischief Managed ID lanyards. Before class chat about binging on all the movies over winter break.
  12. And so many HP Lists!
  13. My generation doesn't have that.
  14. And I'm just a little bit jealous.
    But mostly I'm happy, because it's such a cool phenomenon. Because books act on us deeply and, I'd argue, have the potential to change and shape us in a way that other cultural or expressive forms can't.
  15. ❤️✨RIP, Alan Rickman ✨❤️