Harry Potter- The phenomenon


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster

An orphaned boy wizard turned millions of people into life long fans who would wait hours to purchase the books that told new stories about his life and wait desperately to watch the movies that he inspired.


J.K Rowling probably never expected Potter to get so popular when she was writing her books in small cafes and trains in the UK but against all odds he did.

One wonders why Potter became the phenomenon that he did but a discussion with classmates did throw a little insight into the same.

“Harry Potter made magic, wizards and the fantasy world cool.” June 1997 was when the first book was released and slowly the euphoria began to build up and suddenly Harry Potter was cool and everyone jumped on the bandwagon.

I was only 13 years old when I first started reading the books. Today, at 21 years of age Harry Potter is not just a series of books or a boy wizard. It represents a huge chunk of my growing up years.

We grew up with Harry and even though we weren’t witches and wizards, we were children who grew into adolescents and finally, adults along with the characters in the books.

We found respite in the magical world that thrilled us.

When the movies came out, it was the icing on the cake.

The world that we spent years imagining in our heads was out in an amazing visual format and true Harry Fans loved the movies.

Granted, the movies aren’t the best in the world. Like all book to film adaptations they have their flaws but a fan will go and watch them anyway.

From cute little 11 year olds the actors have become real people, real celebrities. Potter gave them life and now, with the end of the series we will find out what life gives them next.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one released today in the United Kingdom and I watched it first day first show. It left me with a heavy heart, as it was dreary, depressing, dark but completely accurate.

It signified an end of Harry’s world, as he knew it and also the end of a world with Harry Potter in it. Post July 2011; no longer can fans queue up at Harry Potter movie premieres.

For all the kids that grew up with Harry, this movie is truly the beginning of the end. Now Harry Potter memorabilia becomes collector’s items.

The Harry Potter world will no longer be contemporary. It will become like the stories our parents told us of Beatlemania or Michael Jackson, things that shaped their lives and represented a time in society.

Now, Potter is a part of History and the mania will die down but never disappear.

Reference- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter

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  1. Please don’t sound so sad. I’m sure this will open up some new avenues. I just hope it isn’t EVER something like the Indian movie Hurry Puttar.

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