*The following article was written by Stacey Lannigan*
‘ … He’ll be famous – a legend – I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in future – there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!’
– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Page 15).
When J.K. Rowling wrote those words in the first novel of the Harry Potter series, she had no idea of how true they would become. . . Even if you are not a fan of the franchise, you have likely heard of something related to Harry Potter, and if you haven’t then what have you been doing all of your life? For many people, Harry Potter changed their lives but for me Harry Potter is my life as I can’t recall a time before knowing of this boy wizard. So, I’m here today to list for you a number of reasons why you should read the Harry Potter books and/or give the movies a watch!
From Philosopher’s Stone to Deathly Hallows, this boy wizard’s story is available to you from start to finish. So, whether you choose to read the books or watch the movies, you can do so without having to wait for the next installment to find out what happens next.
One of the most dominant fandoms across the world, Potterheads are perhaps some of the most dedicated of fans. Afterall, befriend any Potter fan and one of the first things that they will ask you is “Which Hogwarts house are you in?”
Britain definitely has talent and all it takes is watching the eight Harry Potter films to see proof of that! Whether it’s watching the talented Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson or Rupert Grint grow on screen to witnessing the chemistry of the cast shine through in their performances, there’s no doubt this cast does a brilliant job at bringing the characters to life on screen.
Harry Potter isn’t just a series about a fantasy world where magic exists. Rowling’s seven book series also explores some very real issues as well. Friendship, love, betrayal and death are all concepts that are explored within the series along with many other themes that make the Harry Potter series the perfect franchise to use in order to teach important life lessons!
Just as Harry is able to escape the Dursley’s, so to are we able to escape our realities as we journey with him each year to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This world of Wizardry created by Rowling is by far one of the most in-depth fictional worlds imagined by any author.
‘The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people).’ –Wikipedia
One of the great things about the Harry Potter series is that it is suitable for all ages. Whether you’re looking for a Saturday night family film or you’re a Grandmother looking for a good book to read, this book and movie series is definitely a worthy contender to consider.
Have you ever read a book series and been left with unanswered questions even after reading the final book? Well, you won’t have that problem with reading Harry Potter! Rowling cleverly introduces plot points that come into play later on in the series and leaves no stone unturned. So, if you’re the type of reader or viewer who loves the moments where you’re reminded of something seemingly insignifanct being revelead to be vitally important, then Harry Potter is a series for you!
Throughout the Harry Potter series, Rowling introduces to fans a collection of well-rounded characters, each with their own detailed backstory. One of the aspects of the series that make it so enjoyable to read/watch is not only the plot but watching these individual characters evolve and their interactions with each other within the story.
One of the things I love about the Potter series is that there is not an abundance of ‘love-at-first-sight’ scenario’s, nor do characters lack other relationships and date only the person they end up with. Romance flourishes and fails throughout the course of the seven books/eight movies and adds yet another touch of realism to this magical world.
Whilst the Harry Potter series has long been complete, the Wizarding world created by J.K Rowling continues to expand. From fanmovies, plays, fanfiction, apps and even the Fantastic Beasts franchise, this magical world of Witchcraft and Wizardry is never ending allowing for us to expand our knowledge and fall more in love with the wondrous world that J.K. Rowling created.