#110 – Why I Haven’t Read Harry Potter
I’ve got a glaring blindspot in my nerd life. James tells us to confess our sins to our brothers and sisters, though, so here goes:
I’ve never read any Harry Potter books and I’ve never seen any Harry Potter movies.
Here are five reasons why I haven’t read Harry Potter.
I Was Too Old
When the Harry Potter books first started getting popular in the late 90s I was well into high school. A lot of my younger friends really got into the books when they were children. But when they were reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I was reading the Cliff’s Notes for every book assigned in high school English. Had the books come out when I was a little younger or a little older, I probably would have been on board. But I was right in that age where I was just old enough to be too cool to read a kids book.
Too Many Nerdclinations
To be honest, even by the time the books first came out, my nerd plate was a little full. I was already a big fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, comics, WWE and video games. Regardless of how good Harry Potter was, there just wasn’t any space in my life for another nerdclination. I was watching four hours of wrestling a week and scouring the Internet for information about Episodes 1-3. I didn’t have time to read about a little boy wizard playing lacrosse on a broom.
Too Many Books
Seven books. That’s a large commitment for someone like me. I enjoy reading but I spend most of my time reading nonfiction. I read about one fiction book for every four or five nonfiction books. It would take me a long time to get through the entirety of J.K. Rowling’s series. I got married 10 months ago and I’m not ready to make another large commitment. I don’t need to commit myself to Harry, Ron and Hermione while I’m still trying to fully figure out this commitment I’ve made to my wife.
I imagine I’d like the Harry Potter books if I read them, which scares me. If I read the first book I would immediately jump into the second book. When I want to read, that’s all I will do. I won’t sleep, I won’t work out, I even won’t play video games. My wife has the books, they’re sitting on our bookcase right now. They’re big books and, even if I was going through them pretty quickly, it would still take me close to a month. That’s one month of not really doing anything else but reading about wizards and names that shall not be named. If I was 10 and on summer vacation that would be all right. But I’m 30 and have a lot of video games to play.
Object of Disdain
One of the best ways to hide your nerdiness is to show disdain for other nerds. Even if someone calls me a nerd, I can always say at least I’m not as bad as those nerds over there. For me those nerds “over there” are Harry Potter fans. I don’t know much about Harry Potter. I know just enough to poke fun at my friends who like Harry Potter. If I fully invest myself in Harry Potter I won’t have an object for my nerd disdain. Who would be left to mock? Babylon 5 fans? Stargate fans? I can be mean, but not that mean.
At some point I’ll read the Harry Potter books and then I’ll watch all the movies. Right now, though, there are a lot of other books to read and movies to watch. And until I do make the plunge into J.K. Rowling’s world of wizardry, I’ll still be able to raise my eyebrows to anyone who refers to me as a muggle.
What’s your attitude toward Harry Potter?