One Doubly Magical Book
Harry Potter fans have minds of their own; minds filled with disarming spells, house door passwords, and every character’s favorite food. Trivia like this serves no purpose in the “real” world of business and school, but fans have their own applications. Conventions are held for fans to dress up in wizard robes and argue about Harry’s next move against Voldemort, and the facts come in handy when waiting two hours in line for the last book with hoards of other avid followers. The bottom line is that these are not people to mess with.
So what did J.K. Rowling write in her series that made the world go crazy for Harry Potter? The prose does not compare to classics like Wuthering Heights, and the books are about wizards; a subject usually reserved for sci-fi junkies and “nerds”. However, Rowling wrote a creative saga to be enjoyed by all, fantasy lover or not. Harry’s magical journey, combined with rich human connections and relationships, made for an epic series that started the Harry Potter Fad.
Harry made his first trip to Hogwarts from #4 Privet Drive at age eleven, but he was not alone. Millions of children started his journey and grew up right alongside him. When Harry entered Hogwarts, readers of the same age were entering middle school. Harry went through the same awkward, niche finding stage that defines middle school. Later on, Harry and his fifth year classmates took their OWLS, while at the same time, high school followers were taking the ACT. Sports, homework, and relationships fill every teenager’s life, and Harry is no exception. The difference in Harry’s life is that bludgers and broomsticks replace the normal American football; transforming cups into pigeons replaces algebra problems. Readers relate to the similarities but are attracted to the differences, and those magical differences are what captivated young minds.
Children were not the only reason 325 million Harry Potter books were sold....