Harry Potter : The Books that live forever

This post comes a little bit late but since the promised topic was going to be Harry Potter, I wanted to make sure i had a good post rather than a hurried one.

“The stories we love best do live in us forever so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” The magical world of Harry Potter is for anyone. It’s for anyone who’s ever had a bad day and just wishes to escape. It’s for every lover of fantasy and magic. It’s for someone who just wants to curl up, with a cup of hot chocolate and forget the rest of world. It’s a place to escape to, full of magic and wonder beyond anyone’s imagination. It’s for the person who feels alone to finally feel at home and at peace. Anyone who’s ever wanted to be wash away, soaked up into a world of love, friendship, courage, to face the hard times and battle evil, Hogwarts and its world is for you.

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So today is the 18 year anniversary of the day a phenomena called Harry Potter came into the world, all magical and mysterious. No one, not even the author, J K Rowling knew at the moment that it would become such a huge phenomena that it would change an entire generation behind it. Personally for me, J K Rowling changed the world and saved reading and literature. Wall Street Journal reported,

On June 30 that year, a book was published that blew apart one of the iron rules of publishing. Children’s books, a literary agent assured me around this time, when I submitted a proposal, did not sell. Kids had ceased reading, full stop. Only a television tie-in could make chain stores stock a children’s book, and even that was unlikely.

Twelve London publishers turned down “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” before an independent, Bloomsbury, offered J.K. Rowling’s agent, Christopher Little, a paltry advance of £2,500. The original edition appeared on June 30, 1997, in a run of 500 copies, most of which went to public libraries. That’s how few children were expected to read.

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The seventh and final volume, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” published on July 21, 2007, was the fastest-selling book on record, moving 11 million copies in 24 hours, according to an estimate by the BBC. (The second-best-selling novel of that year, Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” made headlines for selling a million copies in a week.) In all, Ms. Rowling is believed to have sold more than 450 million books. Her cycle has been published in 67 languages, more than any printed book apart from the Bible.

Not since the serial novels of Charles Dickens in the middle of the 19th century had the works of a single author excited such universal and immediate interest.Over the years Harry Potter has had a huge impact on today’s generation. Those who’ve grown up reading and watching these books and films will carry the memories forever. It got a whole generation reading, believing in something bigger, something amazing, something magical. The amount of description allowed us all  to imagine and see the world that J. K. Rowling has provided on a platter, or id rather say, pages. I for sure was able to picture the common rooms, the classrooms, the grounds and even the secret passageways.And moreover, these snippets of imagination were brought to the big screen and readers could see the magic unfold right before my very eyes. So yes, these books did get a whole generation reading, and those who stuck with Harry “until the very end,” surely will keep reading and watching the films. And yes, I, along with hundreds of thousands of us, am a proud member of that community.

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What makes the harry potter series so special is the fact that J. K. Rowling also made her characters relatable and realistic. We all were able to see characters develop, grow before our own eyes. J. K. Rowling created a world where glasses were cool, and being smart made you stronger. She showed us that it didn’t matter if you wore glasses or if you had bushy hair, or if you had slightly longer teeth and a less money than others. She showed us that you should be accepted for who you are, she took the people that are perhaps ignored at school and made them the heroes. That’s what makes the characters so loveable. Making her characters this way, also allowed the characters to be ‘fleshed’ out. They had their abilities, the ability to learn, to fly, to make others laugh, to cast spells, to fight but also she showed their flaws. This made them very human. Flaws that were relatable, Hermione who’s incredibly book smart but can hardly tell Ron she’s in love with him, Harry who’s the “boy who lived”, “the chosen one”, can hardly talk to the girl he likes. Or Ron, the one who’s the “king”, who gets by on confidence and jokes, who’s loyal and carefree yet he’s stubborn and irrational.

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Harry Potter has reached out to an estimate of 200 countries, spoke out in over 69 languages and has touched the lives of more than 400 million people. It is the phenomenon that ignores race, age, gender or religion and it has brought us together despite all our differences. We are the Harry Potter Generation.” Is there really anymore to be said? Harry Potter is a huge impact on society as it’s the one thing that brought today’s generation together.

So people actually come and ask me what is my favourite part or who is my favourite character or how can one book mean so much and how can it stand for so much. they are just words after all, for all u sceptics out there, i’d just quote JK Rowling back at them and say

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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It doesn’t matter what my favorite book is or who i love more , Harry, Ron, Hermione. end of the day i can love no one more or less and it all comes downs to the fact that the journey is more important than the destination. its how Harry potter was a part of our growing up process. A not so mature version of me wrote this years ago, after the final Harry potter book had just gotten out.

i remember those days,i was 10 …sneaking the books on the bunk bed,creeping in the blankets and reading in a table lamp coz we were refused to read harry potter because of our exams.that sneaking the books to school and in bags n clothes.the things we did for harry potter! it was the one thing that made me feel alive,it made me feel real and it made me the person i am today.i know some people for whom its all ridiculous but for them,i feel nothing but pity as they dont know what theyr missing.this journey..these 10 years were my journey from being the gangly old study freak bookworm to being a person who can get the right from wrong and who can make the right choices.i owe my life to harry potter.those things that you refuse to learn from your parents,i learnt from harry potter.the first thing i learnt -“to a well organized mind,death is nothing bt a next grt adventure” and i follow this in so many ways.i learnt “to judge a person see how he treats his inferiors” i learnt that “help is always provided at hogwarts to he who asks’-to “help will always be provided at hogwarts to he who deserves it”…if i go on listing my learning from this series,i dont think its ever gonna end.the sheer strenght of the characters ,the love and importance of friendship and the audacity to accept your mistakes.its endless.

       i learnt that friendship and love matter the most.whether it be dumbledore to harry,sirius and harry,james-lupin-sirius, or harry ron n hermione.its sacred.JKR put the sacredness of frnship on paper.in the end when Lord Voldemort is killed,she wrote “he spotted Ginny two tables away;thee would be time to talk later,hours and days,maybe years in which to talk.everywhere he saw he saw families reunited n finally he saw the two people whose company he craved most” their friendship survived all the odds.

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Harry Potter can mean many things to many people. For me, these books were a beacon of light and hope; it was the light at the end of the tunnel. The books and characters made every step of the way easier, and so, that boy with the messy black hair, green eyes and lightning bolt, became my best friend. I, for one still believe that if i’m in trouble or if there’s anything wrong in my life, and i’m out of ways to go ahead, I take out my harry potter books and turn to any of the pages and there it would be. my solution. be it just a joke or a dialogue by Dumbledore, who I believe cam straight from J K Rowling’s heart. Any of those things will lead me to the correct path.  And for that, I’ll be ever thankful to J. K. Rowling. So I ask you, what does Harry Potter mean to you?

I found some really interesting articles and lists while doing my research for this one. Some of them are truly remarkable. For people who’d like to check them out..

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