I'm a proud Harry Potter super fan. Ravenclaw for life!
Yes I do mentally sort people into the Hogwarts houses all the time. Yes I do mutter spells under my breath, and obviously anything remotely wand-shaped gets brandished with a flick and a swish. I've also thought through in painful detail how smartphone apps would put spell book publishers out of business.
I'd have been a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Members of this house are characterized by their wit, learning, and wisdom. Its house colors are blue and bronze, and its symbol is an eagle.
I was reading the books from middle school through to my undergraduate studies at Carleton. I tore through the first two sick in middle school, then followed along as they were written and released. I know a lot of my love of Harry Potter is that I was the target audience as it was being published.
Book 3, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was my favorite. In grade 9, I ended up re-reading it a few times because it was the only book I had in my bag for silent reading most days. I definitely cried a few times reading the books. Sirius' and Dumbledore's deaths were heart-wrenchers.
Handing Harry Potter to the next generation of readers is going to be a neat part of adulthood for me. What could possibly be a better eleventh birthday gift?