July 2011 will go down in history as the month ‘it all ended’, ‘it’ referring to the magical adventures of the beloved boy wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron and Hermione. With the release of the final movie, young Pottermaniacs the world over are bidding a tearful farewell to an epic story that’s been an integral part of their growing-up years. J.K. Rowling’s creation means so much more to most of us than just magic. Harry Potter stands for friendship, justice, courage, love, morals, and the eventual triumph of good over evil.
Among those who have read the books, there is unanimous agreement that no other story ever has or ever will come close to recreating the literary magic of Ms. Rowling. It takes a lot to read a series of books innumerable times over and take away something new each time. Not just children, but adults too have been wooed by the spellbinding narrative of the story that’s ruled the world for over a decade now.
And for those who haven’t read the books, there are the movies. Although missing large chunks of the original story, the movies have captivated the fancy of an unimaginably large audience, what with dubbed versions in vernacular languages doing great business in remote areas of the world.
In light of this stupendous success, it’s hard to believe that the Potter books initially faced blatant rejection from publishing houses. But this, along with the well-known rags-to-riches story of the brilliant author, adds to the inspirational charm of the entire saga. Ms. Rowling is a role-model for every aspiring writer out there, she is testimony to the fact that dreams do come true, and she is someone who has influenced an entire generation of people who will grow to influence the coming generations.
Everyone is upset that there will be no more Harry Potter books or movies to look forward to from now on, but we must take solace in the fact that we have seven books and eight movies that none of us are ever going to tire of revisiting. The boy who lived is going to live on forever and ever, through the lessons that we have imbibed from him, through the words we have internalized, through the journey we have shared and enjoyed a great deal, and most importantly through the fact that we are going to pass on his story to our kids who will in turn pass it onto theirs. On and on, through the tests of time, Harry Potter will survive.
And thank god for that!
Mehak Siddiqui is a psychology graduate and freelance writer who has written for several local and international magazines. She is an avid reader and loves to blog at www.sempiscribbles.blogspot.com.