Here’s the thing about this part of the book, no matter how many times I read it, I can’t help the tears that it produces. It’s such a beautiful moment and I can’t thank Chris enough for having written it. For me, Alex’s quote reflects how I and I’m positive many others feel towards the fictional characters we read about. I’ve never had the fortune of having an actual best friend. I don’t know what’s it’s like going places, talking, and just generally being really close to someone the way best friends are. I have however, been an avid reader since I was in 2nd grade. It’s rare the day I don’t carry a book with me. But I haven’t just been reading. No.
The way I see it, I went through every year of Hogwarts right next to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. From keeping that Sorcerer’s Stone away from Voldemort, to the hunting of the Horcruxes and defeat of Voldemort, I was there. I helped the Baudelaire’s escape from Count Olaf every time he showed up. I’ve battled alongside Percy, Annabeth, Grover and the rest of the people from Camp Half-bood and Camp Jupiter. I helped Alex & Conner in finding the wishing spell items and everything that came after. And I was there with Carson when he was struck by lightning.
Each and every story I’ve ever read, has become a part of me. Some characters I hold more dear than others, true, but to me, all my favorite characters are my best friends. They’ve been there for me when others haven’t. And that’s why I love this quote and why I cry every time I read it. Because in those two sentences, Chris Colfer being the perfect person he is, said exactly how I feel about all the characters who have been there every step of the way with me, just as I have been with them.