Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ode to Harry Potter

It was the summer of 2001, my first working in Denali. I had brought Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in my small stack of books to read that summer. I read it quickly and loved it so much. I immediately fell in love with the world that J.K. Rowling had created and with the characters that inhabited it. I let a friend borrow that book that summer and she also became an instant fan--so much so that the next time she could get to town, she bought the rest of the Harry Potter books that were out at the time. We both read them voraciously. We were hooked. Such began my love affair with Harry Potter. That winter of 2001 I was living in Colorado and the Sorcerer's Stone movie came out. I was so excited! I bought some Bertie Bott's to snack on while waiting in line to get in. The movie was magical. Colby watched that movie with me and we've seen all the other movies in the theater together. It's just something we do. He's never read the books but he does enjoy the movies. Now that the last movie is out, I feel a sense of loss. I've spent the last 10 years with these characters--that's longer than most things. What will I do now that it's truly over? (I secretly hope that Rowling will write some stories about Harry's parents) At least there's plenty of craftiness to look at. Here's some of my uber-faves I've found.  I myself have stitched this Leaky Cauldron piece for my friend from that summer in Alaska 10 years ago and I recently received these kick-ass pieces in a swap.
  I will miss you Harry. 

This  lovely stitched quote from Dumbledore by shaebay.  I love the words with this frame.  A beautifully simple piece.  She's also stitched this this and this.

A few years back there was a Potterpuff craze (cross between Harry Potter characters with big Powerpuff Girls eyes).  I don't remember where it all started--some site, but they are so adorable.  spike_fan has stitched up several examples including my favorite--Remus Lupin. See others here, here and here.
 ofenjen made this stunning quilt!  42 squares of Harry Potter love.  Here re some of my favorite blocks.
The Flying Car
Hagrid's Hut
A Dementor
Beautiful Hedwig
This wonderful cross stitch of the dark mark by bombastitch

There's tons more stuff out there.  People are wild about Potter--the true mark of something great, is when folks make things based on it--in my opinion.  So---so long for now Harry--until we meet again in the pages of my books.


Bex said...

Oh my god that quilt is amazing!

And I weep with you...

kittykill said...

I can't wait to see the last movie. I'm sad it's over.

Lisa Leggett said...

Aww Crystal, this was so sweet! I too have a deep love for all things in Harry's world! I'm going to miss him too... It's hands down, my most favorite fiction of all time. I love your finds, they are great! I actually stitched that Dark Mark piece too! I stitched it with white glow-in-the-dark DMC floss on Black Aida fabric. It was a Xmas gift for my niece. When I sent it to her, the guy at the post office almost had to pry the box from my hands! I didn't want to let that one go! This was a great tribute, I love hearing other peoples Potter stories, thanks!

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

Thanks Lisa---I miss him already. The movie was fantastic!! I cried several times---full-on tears.