Being a ‘90s baby meant you were lucky enough to hear the words, 'get off the Internet, I need to use the phone,' at least three times a day. We dedicated hours and hours to keeping alive our Giga Pets before there was facebook, tumblr, and pinterest to occupy our time. We also remember the TV stars Keenan and Kel not Drake and Josh.
But most importantly, being a ‘90s baby meant you got to grow up with Harry Potter, literally. We are the Harry Potter generation. When the first Harry Potter book came out in 1997, I was 6 years old and Harry was 10, going on 11. My mom read me the first book and probably the next two as bedtime stories. I was just young enough to truly believe in the magic and on the morning of my 11th birthday a part of me was disappointed when there was no owl waiting on my nightstand with a Hogwarts letter addressed in emerald ink. By the time the last movie came out and the magic had officially ended, (11/11/11, a.k.a the saddest day of my life,) I had grown up. Harry’s journey had ended and I had learned much more from Albus Dumbledore than I had from any teacher in my High School.
I have re-read the series more times than I can count and each time I remember how much Harry has grown and how much I have grown with him. While Harry Potter was fighting off Dementors and death eaters, I was transitioning from Middle school to High school and forced to believe, (by comparison,) that this was not the scariest thing in the world. As Harry was battling a dragon and facing his archenemy for the very last time, I was finishing up High school and starting to fill out college applications. Since then I have encountered many more obstacles and stresses in my life but have always found Harry Potter to be a sort of comfort food and always a reminder that nothing is out of my reach. :)
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”- Albus Dumbledore