Books of fiction allow us to escape reality. And enter a world which is not of our making, but someone else’s. Not to say that you do not have a sense of imagination. It is just that a lot of us, after a day of hard work, would like to go back home and watch something nice or read a book. That helps our minds to relax. And eventually, slip into a world of creativity and imagination where adventure is endless. Such is the series of ‘Harry Potter’ written by J.K Rowling.
About the Author
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone
Joanne Rowling whose pen name as we know it is none other than our favorite writer of fiction, Joanne Kathleen Rowling or J.K Rowling. A British writer who herself had a moderate childhood. Yet faced many grave troubles in life. She originally worked as a bilingual secretary and researcher at Amnesty International. While doing her job there, she stumbled upon the creation of Harry Potter in her mind.
There is a story that Rowling began writing the series on a tissue paper on a bench while waiting for her train home. A lot of us when faced with difficulty in life revert to unpardonable habits or interests. We do eventually bounce back to reality. But in that process, we waste plenty of time. J.K Rowling is one woman who knew that her time is as precious as her life. Therefore, despite all her personal problems, set out to write the world-famous series.
Foundation of the books
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
When you are asked about what genre do you think Harry Potter is, you may reply by saying that it is simply a fictional book. Or others may say it is just adventurous. Or even plain fantasy. It is in fact all the above and more. The ‘Harry Potter’ series is a mixture of drama, fantasy fiction, mystery, thriller, adventure, and bildungsroman.
The story is a compilation of 7 books that are adapted into 8 movies. While reading, you do not just feel as if you are reading a young boy’s story. You feel as if you are watching the poor boy go through all hardships from a tender age and are unable to do anything about it. Such is the writing of the author J.K Rowling.
Filled with magic, witches, and wizards. Weird magic potions and spellbook. A magical wizarding sport named Quidditch, where students compete on flying brooms. Not to mention uncommon creatures and plants. Car sized spiders and castle sized dragons. Unlike regular school exams, these wizards take their exams with spelled parchments wherein the students cannot copy off each other. Beware, if you are caught cheating, you will be expelled from Hogwarts! Which is worse than dying in the wizarding world. Harry Potter is a roller coaster ride for all those who still are children from the inside, yet matured on the outside. The adapted movies of the series are almost eighty percent similar to the books.
The “Harry Potter” Series
“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live” – Harry Potter
The series begins with a baby Harry being dropped off at his maternal aunt’s place. It is just then that the little baby had lost his parents due to an evil dark wizard. For eleven years little Harry lived with his horrendous aunt and uncle. To top it off, with his bully cousin Dudley as well. Harry is made to live a life of a servant till one day when a mysterious old fashioned looking letter is delivered to him by an owl! Any guesses as to what that is?
It is Harry’s letter of acceptance from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! A giant man named Rubeus Hagrid Surpises him on his eleventh birthday with his first-ever birthday cake. When Hagrid escorts Harry in buying his school supplies, Harry is surprised by his fame. Back home he is treated extremely rudely, whereas, in the wizarding world, it is as if even newborns knew him.
This where the adventurous and uncertain life of Harry begins. In each and every book Harry and his friends, Hermione and Ron face grave issues that are always life-threatening. And it so happens that every time all hell breaks loose in the wizarding world, these three are perennially at the center of it. For six years straight! Seeing this Professor McGonagall asks the trio “ Why is it when something happens it is always you three?”
7 books, each page, each chapter, and each book, you will not be able to put it down until you finish the last page. For 7 long years, Harry and his friends, professors, his entire school prepare for an epic battle with the Dark Lord Voldemort. Add the series to your “to read” list filled with exceptional elements of all the events and the unforgettable final battle! You will not regret it.
Impact This Fictional Book Created
“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
We know about real life-based books, autobiographies, and other concept-based books having a huge impact on adults. And how these books inspired them to go on and become significant adults. But have you ever heard of a mere fictional book not only inspiring children but adults and oldies alike? That is the power this enchanting series holds.
There is a lot of skepticism when it comes to escaping reality. As many say that escaping will not solve their real-world problems. But if the book, game, or movie for that matter is designed in such a way that it stimulates the reader or watcher to have a positive satisfied feeling and thus releasing dopamine in our brain. Which is put to good use. That is the “Harry Potter Effect”.
This fictional serious has increased a reading habit among millions of children, not to mention teens as well some, who never had any reading interests before. Ever since the publishing of the series, It has more than eleven editions over the past decade. Word of the mouth is usually taken blindly. If you did so with this series, you are in luck! As you will be stepping into an alternate dimension.
Lessons Taught By our Favourite Characters
For mature people who read between the line, this series has taught them many life lessons. The most important one being that Friendship and love make life worth living. This is because you have worth something to fight for in life. For the boy who grew up without his parents, his best friends became his family. Who stood by him through thick and thin. This inspirational story of the young boy teaches us never to give up. Also that it is alright sometimes to break the rules, only when you know you are doing something for the greater good. We must never feel ashamed to ask for help. Never dwell on the incidents of your past. Otherwise, you will forget to live for the present.
To conclude, whether you are a child or an adult if you need an adventurous book, the ‘Harry Potter’ series it is. Filled with wisdom, entertainment, and a heart-racing story. This is a series for all!
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