Hello, people of the internet!
After I received Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a Christmas present, I decided to talk about a very popular series of books that may be tiresome to those who hate or are indifferent to it, but is a deeply beloved, important part of my life from a child to right now.
I’m aware that Harry Potter has been discussed in all sorts of ways ever since it came into existence; and rightly so. I’ve read and heard many discussions – both positive, negative and indifferent – and, I’ll be honest, I can understand all three sides.
But I understand, as well as emotionally connect, more with the positive discussions.
I can go on about how much I find all the characters so complex and intriguing, how I find the setting clever and magical (of course) and how the writing is just perfect. I can go on about how I never knew where the story was going to go. I can even go on about how Umbridge is one of my most hated characters of all time!
But I won’t.
They are still very valid points, especially Umbridge, and still the reasons why I love the series to bits, except Umbridge. However, these reasons are not the main reasons why this series has stayed with me for so long; why my love for them hasn’t diminished a single bit or why I feel so happy to even glimpse at my series on the shelf.
I’m not sure how to explain this, but I’ll try my best.
I started reading Harry Potter when I was around eight/nine years old and finished the series when I was sixteen years old. So, I pretty much grew up alongside the series. I made friends because of our mutual love for the series. I had learnt so much about love, friendship and growing up from the Harry Potter series that I honestly have no idea what I would have done during those years without it.
In a weird – but I guess a pretty understandable – way, I feel that I have grown up with Harry Potter and his friends. They are real to me; I can’t think of them in any other way.
It has also done something that no other book series has done to me before. I can’t really describe what it really is – I don’t even know if this feeling has a name – but I’ll try to keep this spoiler-free. In fact, I should say this refers to a lot, perhaps even all, of the characters.
There are characters in the Harry Potter universe I thought I knew inside and out, that I knew everything about them. However, by the very end of the series when all is revealed and the truth comes out, I learnt that a lot of things I thought I knew about the characters were wrong. Characters I thought were kind turned out to be the opposite. Characters I thought were useless turned out to be important. Characters I thought were annoying turned out to be pure evil with no redeeming factor in them at all (I’m looking at you, Umbridge!)
In other words, they were not who I thought they were.
It’s a weird feeling when I finally realised that I had actually misunderstood a character I confidently thought I knew. For some characters, after years of thinking I knew them, the realisation that I was wrong is bizarre and honestly quite shocking. I had never encountered it before.
That is why I think the writing and story-telling in this series is perfect. The way J. K. Rowling created these characters and gave clues to their real intentions is incredibly clever and well-paced. There aren’t that many stories out there that could shock me like that and can even make me feel like an awful person for thinking terribly of a character for years when it turned out they weren’t completely bad after all; that they could love.
This book series has stayed with me because I learnt that you don’t really know everything about other people and their actions aren’t always how they appear.
Seriously, if I had instead just started reading the Harry Potter series now, I would have still loved it, but not as much as I do right now. It’s a huge part of my childhood and has taught me a lot.
It has never left my side and I don’t think it ever will.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I wanted to dedicate a post to a dearly beloved series of books. I love the films too!
What do you think of Harry Potter? Do you love it, hate it or are you indifferent? Feel free to comment!
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