Thump, thump, thump … my heart pounds as I wait at the register, my hands tremble as I grasp onto it tightly, anxious to sit down and read the perfectly written words. I finally have it in my hands, and I feel the paper against my fingertips as I greedily turn each page, eager to find out what will happen next. I am holding The Deathly Hallows, the final installment of the Harry Potter books. To me, this isn’t a simple series that’s nothing but fantasy. I’ve learned about my strengths as a person from the stories portrayed in the thousands of pages in these books. More than anything, they have opened my eyes to what I want to do in my life. I want to write. I want for readers to anxiously turn through the pages of my books and be swept away to far-away worlds. I want for my books to make as big of an impact on someone’s life as Harry Potter did on mine. I want to introduce others to the magic of reading.
—Stephanie Barros “Harry Potter: More Than Just Fantasy”