As I finish reading the Prisoner of Azkaban a second time, I reminisce those days when I was an 11 year old and the world of Harry Potter came into life with the words of J.K.Rowling. I had never been an avid reader, however with time, my academic reading helped me catch up on some fiction too. It’s still a haze if I read The Philosopher’s stone first or watched the movie. Nonetheless, what I clearly remember is watching the first part with my whole school batch. Ah! Those days when the whole batch jumped into the buses excitedly, only to enter a world of magic which would leave you enthralled, excited and not to miss, lovestruck by a boy who was of our age!
Any picture of Daniel Radcliffe in the newspaper and I would jump as if he was all that made a difference in my life. I fondly remember how my brother waited eagerly for the Half Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows. He had read much beyond I had. Being a slow reader, I stopped reading the series somewhere in the middle of The Goblet of Fire (It was borrowed by my brother’s friend and could no longer stay with me beyond a few weeks).
Having read the three parts in a Firebolt speed, I cannot wait to finish the series. Looking back, I wonder how fortunate our epoch was to be brought to life with Harry, Ron and Hermoine and seeing them grow and mature into handsome and graceful adults.
Of course research has found its own share of facts such as :children who read The Harry Potter series were found to be more empathic than others; however there are certain conditions under which a research is undertaken. I have my own doubts pertaining to the findings. Yet, I have absolutely no reservations to state that J.K.Rowling is one of the most phenomenal authors I have come across. Of course, Tolkien has created another fascinating world, which I have not found too captivating till now. As a reader I imagine millions of children and adults getting thrilled by the words of Rowling, only to be frozen in an awestruck manner so as to read what lay ahead. Indeed, words have the power to create a world so real that every ordinary person would love to immerse themselves in it.
What Harry Potter has in it which others don’t? I wonder if I’m in a position to write elaborately on this question. Yet, my own experience tells me that ideas alone are nothing but a bundle of bricks. It’s the words, the exclamations; the dialogues weaved by Rowling that made the world of magic come alive in every reader’s mind. To add that, the first movie befittingly brought the Harry Potter of the book on to the screen in the most precise manner one can imagine. As I read the book I had the scenes swimming and fading right in front of my eyes.
Moreover, this world offers a hope to us all that goodness is what matters and shall show itself when the time comes. The emotions of Harry, Ron, Hermoine and Malfoy, a bully who perhaps every child can relate to makes the series identifiable. Then, there are those pearls of wisdom offered by Dumbledore which truly stand the test of time. They offer food for thought, a pause to ponder, as one reads and bring a smile filled with solace. Here again, I’m sure the readers can identify with that one kindred soul amongst the teachers on whom they could rely and be assured that their secrets would be safe.
Since I’m about to start my fourth book, there are elements I’m waiting to unfold, themes which shall add more meaning as the plot thickens. Whatever might be, I know one thing for sure. Harry Potter is a gift every Parent would love to offer to their kids and so shall I.
I had bought the "adult covers" box set once, and at the time, it felt right. But as I saw them again and again, it felt less Potter-ish. Call me cover obsessed, but I had to get a more magical one. So my colleague purchased them from me, and I purchased the newer cover edition (coz the original covers box set costs a bundle now). Re-reading them is something I do often, and I can't tell why either (I've been asked why often). But it feels right, feels magical to escape from reality and into the halls and stairs and classrooms of Hogwarts, and the Forbidden Forest too. It brings back memories, like you said, of reading the book and watching the first movie. I'm definitely giving them to my children when that time comes. I loved this post, Aakriti. It felt warm and happy. Just like HP.
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