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Tempus Fugit, as tunxeh would say

Mr. Mickawber.
So my youngest has ten of her best friends over. All of whom just finished their first year of high school -- all fourteen and fifteen years old. They've just done a half-hour jag laughing about Harry Potter memes. (All of them are HP fans. Also Sherlock, Dr Who, Supernatural, Merlin...)

And it just occurred to me: fourteen and fifteen years old. All born in 1998. (I just asked)

1998 was the year that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published. (500 copies. Whoops.)

These kids have lived their whole lives with Harry & Co.

O.O
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stgulik
Jun. 6th, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
Isn't that a strange thought? My daughter is 16; Sorcerer's Stone was one of the first movies she watched. She started reading the series for herself at age 8 or 9.
mickawber_fics
Jun. 6th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
Yeah. Strange. We started reading the first book to our eldest, who's turning 19 in a couple of weeks, when she was six, and the little one was just two. Their childhood was defined by playing pretend-Harry-Potter-games with each other, with me (that's where I got a lot of fic ideas), and then reading -- and writing fic. (Never mine, thank all deities.) The eldest moved on -- it's no longer quite as primal for her, though she just watched the Dr Who episode "The Shakespeare Code" and squealed when Shakespeare used the word Expeliarmus! -- but for the youngest, those books are tied in with all of her dreams. Wild.
sherylyn
Jun. 6th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
My youngest was 4 when the series first started; she just turned 20. She and her friends were some of the ones on FB/Tumblr posting stuff the night of DH 2 about how "this is our generation; this is our night" etc.

Bizarre, bizarre way for that to "hit" o.O
mickawber_fics
Jun. 6th, 2013 07:41 am (UTC)
Yup.

It was wild to hear all of these girls quoting the books at each other like medieval scholars.

And of course, when they all started bedding down tonight, they were all discussing the scene in GoF where everyone camps out in the Great Hall.... XD
madderbrad
Jun. 8th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
they were all discussing the scene in GoF where everyone camps out in the Great Hall....

Do you/they mean PoA?
mickawber
Jun. 9th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
D'oh

Yeah.

That one.

Having eleven girls over proved to be a bit... exhausting.
holyfant
Jun. 6th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
That must be amazing. I was 10 when PS came out here; I literally grew up with Harry. That was pretty amazing too.

Also, what fun that these kids share their fannishness this way :D
mickawber_fics
Jun. 7th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
Yeah. It's kind of defined this whole generation -- even for the kids who didn't get into it, I think.

I'm trying to think of anything like it from my childhood. Star Trek comes closest, but it wasn't quite the same -- the fandom didn't really reach critical mass until after the show was off the air.

Or the Star Wars movies -- I was 15 when the first one came out. (I was at the very first public test screening!) Those have defined my generation's imagination in a similar way. (And you can tell that we've passed it on to our kids!)

You were born in '88, then? Wow. I was, um...

Yeah. I was.
holyfant
Jun. 7th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
'90, actually. The translated version only hit the shelves in 2000. :p
mickawber_fics
Jun. 7th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ah!

You're four years older than my first daughter.

Well, that certainly made me feel even older. ;-)
tunxeh
Jun. 7th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Gah you're making me feel old.
(Well, you and the 50th birthday celebration I had a couple weeks ago)
mickawber_fics
Jun. 7th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday.

I had mine eight months back, so I feel your pain.
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