2. It wasn't just about the story line. We got to go to Charms lessons, Transfiguration, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions - and the lessons were just as fun to read as the gritty bits. (And even Hermione didn't get it right all of the time)
3. That feeling we got when Dobby popped up at the beginning of The Chamber of Secrets with a warning and you wanted to cancel you plans for the day to find out what it is (because too much suspense, can't handle!)
4. We got to relish in all the quips and quirks of Hogwarts, all the little side corridors, the little genius magical moments that made reading so enjoyable. From Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans to The Room of Requirement, the wizarding world never disappointed.
5. We learnt the rules of Quidditch.... and in that we finally found a sport we could get on board with. Plus the Quiddicth games in the book were never dull with the on-stop hilarity from commentator Lee Jordan.
6. That one golden moment we got to watch Harry be sassy... and of course Hermione was there the put him back in his place. Can't remember if this happened in the book but it's by far one of the best moments.
7. We got to live vicariously through Hermione that time she lost it with Draco. What we wouldn't have given to do the same.
8. We could always relate to either Harry, Ron or Hermione. Whether we were the academic, studious type, the 'where's the food' kind of kid or the perfect balance between smart and lazy, there was a character for all of us.
9. While other kids were watching jumpy horror films, we were curled under our duvet scared to death of the dementors in The Prisoner of Azkaban. That first time they stop the train... *shudders*
10. Mrs Weasley felt like our second mother. Although, we were still petrified of her... did we mention we love their house too? Why can't we help degnome the garden...
11. We learnt that not all demons come in black capes and suck out your soul. The worst ones, in fact, wear pink. There was no fear quite like the scene where Umbridge makes Harry write 'I must not tell lies' with the black quill...
12. Hagrid was a comfort blanket. We knew no matter what was happening, Hagrid would be around to help out. That's why whenever Hagrid left, that sense of dread quickly crept up on us (and also why whenever Draco insulted Hagrid we hated the slimey little thing even more).
13. The Snape storyline taught us more about judgement and character than 12 years of school ever could. And if any character's story sticks with us when we read all the series of books in the world, it'll be Snape's.
14. And the final reason Harry Potter was the highlight of our childhood is because we were the lucky generation who got to grow up with Harry and when everything else went wrong, we could always escape to Hogwarts.