'Potter' mesmerizes biggest fan at tender age

Camille Doty

July 13, 2011 at 2:13 a.m.
Updated July 14, 2011 at 2:14 a.m.

Donovan King arranges his collection of "Harry Potter" books and movies at his home in Inez.

Donovan King arranges his collection of "Harry Potter" books and movies at his home in Inez.

INEZ - Harry Potter cast a spell on Donovan King at the tender age of 4.

During the past eight years, he has read all the books at least three times.

"I pick up more things each time. I just like them so much," he said.

Winner of the Advocate's "Harry Potter" top fan contest, Donovan said he likes to read his favorite paperbacks right before he goes to sleep, under a tree, or while eating ice cream.

His family moved from Inez to Wimberley a few years ago. During his summer in the Crossroads, he's spending time with his grandparents, Nana and Pop Pop, playing the guitar and, of course, catching up on "Harry Potter."

He said he loves all the books. He said he particularly likes "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" for the dramatic effects.

"I can't wait to see the battle scenes between Harry and Voldemort," Donovan said. Those epic moments are some of his favorite throughout the series.

His devotion to Harry Potter led him to win the "Harry Potter Biggest Fan" contest. The Wimberley Junior High School student wants to share the magic with his loved ones.

His mother said Donovan tries to get her to read the books, but for now she'll just stick to the movies.

"He's never won anything like this. This will be the highlight of his summer," said Sarah King, Donovan's mother.

His grandmother, Nancy Banning, added, "He's going on a motorcycle trip this summer, and that's not going to top winning this contest."

Donovan said that he sometimes wishes to be a part of the magic.

"Every time I see it on TV, I say I want to go there," Donovan said of Hogwarts, the magical school Potter and his friends attend.

But if he had his way, the wizarding school would be right here in Texas. Years ago, he lived like a little Gryffindor with a mural of Hogwarts in his bedroom and a bed shaped like a castle.

Donovan literally grew up with Harry Potter. When he was younger, he drew plenty of Potter pictures. As a toddler, he wore wizards robes.

King said her oldest son slightly resembles the iconic character.

At 12, he's outgrown his initial Potter costume, but his love has not changed. He has an extensive Harry Potter Lego collection and the video games on Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii.

If Donovan could ask the "Harry Potter" character anything, it would be, "Can I borrow your wand?" he said. On Monday, he had a chance to make his own during "Harry Potter Day" at the public library.

"It was awesome," he said.

Donovan enjoyed making the wands so much that he went home and made some for his family and friends.

His favorite character is Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts.

"He's so old, but he's really powerful," said the young fan.

He was shocked when Severus Snape killed the elderly, beloved character. He is still on the fence about whether Snape is good or evil.

"I wanted to like him. I was just hoping he wasn't bad," Donovan said.

Lately, Donovan said he has been reading Percy Jackson series. But it doesn't compare to Potter.

"It's pretty cool, but it's not as amazing as Harry Potter," he said.

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