Harry Potter Informative Speech

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We all recall the cinematic world phenomena, Harry Potter, and the feelings of fantasy that encompassed readers and viewers alike. The novels recount the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione and Ron as they attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The hype surrounding the series instantly captivated an audience of all ages and backgrounds and I quickly found myself surrounded by the invigorating tenor of the series. However, today I write of a particular occasion in the spring of 2009 when, like most children, I still answered to my parents. Now let me introduce to you said individuals. My father, Ron, is a sturdy middle-aged man with jet black hair and German features. He started and currently manages his…show more content…
Jones! I’m almost finished reading all the books... what are you getting?” Katie finally responded in a proud voice, flashing me the girlish cover of her thin book and puffing her chest up as if she deserved the “Biggest Junie B. Jones Fan” award. “I’m looking for the Harry Potter books, have you seen them?” I asked, scanning the never ending shelves on either side of us. “Well Ms.Aubrey said we should only check-out books levels three to seven. Harry Potter is a hard book,” she said, emphasizing the word ‘hard’. “Haven't you seen the movies anyway?” she quickly added, obnoxiously smacking her pink bubble gum. “No, my parents said I’m not allowed to watch them because they don’t like wizards,” I recalled disheartedly. “That’s stupid,” she stated rather bluntly, “my parents don’t care what I watch”. Well maybe that’s why you act like a knock off Regina George, Katie, is what I wish I had said at that moment. “Well they never specifically mentioned anything about the books... so it’s not really my fault if I read them,” my nine year old brain reasoned easily. “Yeah I guess,” she said before wandering over to her group of equally pretentious…show more content…
Deborah Brandt, in her article “Sponsors of Literacy”, points out that throughout our lives we partake in acts of literacy, or events, often thanks to literacy sponsors. In Brandt’s terms, sponsors of literacy are “...any agents, local or distant, concrete or abstract, who enable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy—and gain advantage by it in some way” (166). She goes into further detail regarding sponsors when she states, “Sponsors nevertheless set the terms for access to literacy and wield powerful incentives for compliance and loyalty… They also represent the cause into which people’s literacy usually gets recruited (166-167). By suppressing my access to the Harry Potter movies, among several others, my parents acted as a literacy sponsor. Obviously, I remained compliant with their rules because they were my parents. Thus, I was forced to seek different outlets (books) in order to feel caught up with my friends. So while Katie was reading Junie B. Jones, I was training myself to read at a much higher level than my peers at a very young age. Thankfully, due to this, by the time I reached middle school I was reading at a college level and held one of the highest reading scores of my

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