For those of you who may not know already, Ally and Melissa, my fellow contributors here at the blog, are my cousins. We're currently also sort of rivals for the Harry Potter Month House Cup—Ally is in Slytherin, while Melissa and I are in Ravenclaw. So a little family competition has broken out, with all three of us upping our blogging game a notch because we are a family of very, very dedicated Harry Potter fans.
A family memory that I'll always treasure is being able to watch Ally and Melissa grow up into the awesome young adults they are today. As avid readers and all-around nerds, we have quite a few shared HP-related moments together. The other day, Ally wrote about how she and her younger brother got in trouble with their parents for yelling, "Bloody hell, Harry!" in public when they were little. I vividly remember that incident because I was there. In fact, Ally and Denis were having a contest to see who could imitate Ron saying, "Bloody hell, Harry" the best, and I was designated the judge until the aforementioned parents shut the contest down.
My cousins and I have also spent immeasurable hours playing the Lego Harry Potter video games. While we had a ton of fun just because the games are so amazingly designed, we got so, so many laughs from our pitiful teamwork. No matter how we paired off, there was always some kind of infighting, whether it was over who was going to get to play as Sirius and Lupin (probably the biggest point of contention) or who was going to get to drive the Flying Car. There was constant usage of wands against each other, too, which often brought progress in whatever level we were playing to a screeching halt. But this was all in the spirit of good fun, and, somehow, we managed to complete both games to 100%, lol!
The HP family fandom moment that's closest to my heart took place on the day that Ally, Melissa, and the rest of their family left New York to drive down to their new home in Florida. I wanted to give them a going away present, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows had just released. I hurried to the new neighborhood bookstore that had recently opened and was very fortunate to snag their one remaining copy of DH. We all reunited when I moved to FL the following year, and we've continued fangirling over HP together ever since.