Potter Mania

Magic was thought to be a word of dreams and imagination for many years but it was made into fictitious reality by the Harry Potter series of novels. Joanne Rowling better known by her pen name, J. K. Rowling, is a British author who shot to fame with her fantastical Harry Potter series. For Rowling, it was a mere thought while on a train from Manchester to London in 1990 and now it exists as an experience of one’s own in the hearts of millions of readers across the globe. Since their launch the Harry Potter books have broken all records and have already sold out more 400 million copies.  The immense popularity of the books also resulted in the tremendous success of the Potter movies.

The books are about a young boy named Harry Potter who combats the evil powers  of the greatest dark wizard Lord Voldemort. He loses his parents and is made to stay with his aunt’s family who are his only living relatives. Harry grows up in a non magical ‘muggle’ environment without even the slightest awareness of his magical power until his eleventh birthday when a messenger named Hagrid from Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry, comes to give Harry his letter to study at this school. Due to his arrival he gets to know the truth about his parent’s death and follows Hagrid to his new school where to his surprise everyone knows about him. Never having been befriended by “muggles”, people without magical powers, Harry finds best friends in Hermione Granger, a muggle girl and Ronald Weasley, a pure blood wizard. Together the trio battles various situations in the magical world and finds ways of defeating Voldemort under the guidance of the greatest wizard and the headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore. Each book is complete in itself, yet linked to the other. As the story unfolds, every seemingly unimportant and minute detail carries the potential to twist the story.

The series being a combination of fiction and fantasy talks about chimerical creatures and supernatural practices is often classified as fantastical literature for children but it is read and enjoyed by people of all age groups worldwide. From the tiny toddlers learning to read English to the aged grandparents, it has struck a chord with everyone has made the world of magic come alive. There are several reasons behind Harry Potter being a bestseller. Apart from the spellbinding nature of the book, the language used by the makes it easy for the populace to comprehend the meaning and the message of the book. This revolutionary novel has boomeranged people’s imagination and has nurtured their creativity.  .

Nupur Paul