Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quest to overcome the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aim is to conquer the wizarding world and subjugate non-magical people, and who seeks to destroy all those who stand in his way, such as Harry's parents.
Since the 30 June 1997 release of the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (re-titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States), the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide. The series has also had some share of criticism, including concern for the increasingly dark tone. As of June 2011, the book series has sold about 450 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages, and the last four books have consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history. (taken from wikipedia.com)
“We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling
How can I possibly critique this series? To me, this is more than just a collection of seven books. It is my childhood, and in a way, a part of my life. I cannot imagine being without Harry Potter. While many people consider July 15, 2011, as the end of Hogwarts and all things Harry Potter, I disagree. As J.K. Rowling once said, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
For millions of people worldwide (including myself), Hogwarts is their home-away-from-home. The books are portals to a world of magic, a place where our imaginations can run free and we too can be wizards and witches, fighting alongside Harry and his companions.
I can’t think of any other series that can possibly surpass Harry Potter when it comes to the epic plot and intense drama. Nor can I imagine a more alive cast of characters. As these loveable, realistic characters combat Voldemort, the readers cannot help but be reminded of the age-old battle between good and evil. The magnitude of the battles fought by Harry and his friends is what has drawn millions of readers to these books. Maybe we are all looking for something bigger than us, or maybe we just enjoy reading the remarkable story of the boy who lived.
J. K. Rowling’s monumental, spellbinding, larger-than-life tale may have come to an end, but I will never stop revisiting these mesmerizing novels. These are the books that will live on for generations as they are passed down.
Thank you, Harry, for the years of magic and excitement you have given us. As long as we have these books, there will always be a Dumbledore’s Army. Parseltongue will be a national language. Quidditch will be considered a real sport, and butter beer will be a favorite drink. Being called a witch will be a compliment, and mischievous students worldwide will “solemnly swear that [they] are up to no good.” Long live Harry Potter and the world he lives in!
P.S. Here is my absolute favorite Harry Potter music video. It captures the feel of the books and the movies so well, and I can't get enough of it!