[personal profile] niori_1709
I know, I know. The “Harry Potter” series (both books and movies) ended awhile ago. It’s still popular of course, but it’s still a fan favourite. More importantly, it’s one of my favourites, and now that “Chamber of Secrets” had been released on Pottermore (if you don’t know what Pottermore is then I seriously must ask what rock you’ve been living under), it’s inspired me to inform you all why it’s one of my favourites.

Harry Potter is the Boy That Lived. Back when he was a baby, the evil Dark Lord Voldermort (He Who Shall Not Be Named) tried to kill him with a killing curse. Instead of killing him, the curse rebounded and took out Voldermort instead. That is where Harry Potter’s story begins. We come into that story when Harry, who had been living with his abusive aunt, uncle and cousin, gets accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Then he spends the next seven years battling the same dark wizard and his various cronies with his two best friends, Ron and Hermione (plus even more friends and various allies). There’s betrayals, deaths, tears, adventures and magical beasts galore. It all ends with the wizarding battle to end all battles (along with a highly contested epilogue, but that’s another story).

Everything about “Harry Potter” is spectacular, and quite frankly I’m not doing it justice. Each book honestly does deserve an individual review instead of a broad overview of the entire series. This series quite literally has something for everyone- adventure, magic, angst and in the later books deep felt romance. It’s considered a children’s series, but it’s so much more that that. There are very deep themes and messages in these books, everything from love and friendship to experiencing and dealing with grief. The series takes a dark turn in book five (“Order of the Phoenix”), and begins to take on some real world gritty feel from then on. By “Order of the Phoenix” it’s far less children’s literature and far more grown up.

The character development from book one to seven is wonderful. The world Rowling created is even more so. It would have been easy to say ‘Hey! Magic exists!’, but Rowling created a wizarding world that had it’s own history, laws and pop culture…and then she makes sure that it will still fit into the ‘real’ world. That amount of imagination impresses the heck out of me.

I grew up heading “Harry Potter”. The first book came out just before I went into middle school, and I read it by borrowing it from a friend who has since passed. I read the last one the year I graduated from high school and only a few days after I got out of the hospital from my surgery. New books aren’t coming out anymore, but I cherish the ones I’ve read, and I think that you should too.
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