I honestly hate that SO much about the fandom. I don’t care about the ship wars and I don’t care about the movie changes. What I do care about is this bull crap about “true fans”. Everyone is a fan no matter what way they found Harry Potter.
When I was 5 I saw Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in theatres with my family after that, I dressed up as Hermione for Halloween, I quoted characters daily, I’d repeat Parsaltongue, I cast spells, I’d tap my wall they same way Hagrid did hoping that it would open into Diagon Alley and I played and watched my Mother play the games. But I never wanted to read the books. I was five for god sakes, to me books were boring and running around playing Hogwarts games seemed like more fun. I tried to, I even tried listening to the audio books.
I just couldn’t.
I still loved the movies all the same and I still had a great Harry Potter filled childhood. As I grew I still didn’t want to read them because I didn’t want to have this hatred for the movies because of how different they are, but after nearly a year before the last movie came out my Mother (who was the very person who got me into the series) had left ‘round September and I felt like my childhood was dying around me. I finally picked up the first book and read it by christmas but refused to read any farther, until I saw the last movie because it made me think of her so much it hurt.
After the last movie I continued to read (having to buy my own copies because my Mother took them all), trying to keep the magic, and what was left of childhood alive and I don’t think I’ll ever regret picking the books up.
BUT never the less, I hated it when my friends would pester me about not reading the books. I am still a fan and I will forever be true to love for Harry Potter, if I never finish the books I will still be true to Harry any day.