Even if we have never read the books or seen the films we all know of the orphaned boy wizard and his hijinks adventures at Hogwarts school for Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is ingrained into our culture and it has been for so many years now that I can’t imagine it not being around.
With the books, the films, and even the theme parks, I find it has become like Disney, beloved by all even if we often don’t want to admit it.
20 years of Harry Potter seems like nothing to me. I was five when The Philosopher’s Stone was released, about 8 or 9 when I was given the first three books in a box set, and about 10 when I saw that first film in the cinema – I can even remember that day! I was in my last year of school when The Deathly Hallows book was released and I had just finished my first year of university when part 2 of the film came out. In that respect, it has been as much a part of my childhood as PIXAR’s Toy Story.
Saying that, myself and Harry Potter have not had the best relationship. At one point, I couldn’t stand it. I deemed it to be too childish and found its popularity infuriating – yet I was chastising those people who were telling me Disney was childish, so what do I know? A number of different factors drew me back into the Wizarding world, and even now, little things like my sister reading and discussing the books for the first time in years, bring the magic home for me.
Looking at the series as a whole, it has influenced me as a reader and a writer (and I say that having not written anything for a while now). It has given me a love of fantasy and magic, and one of my first ever writing projects at 15 was about witches and a magical boarding school not too dissimilar to Hogwarts. I didn’t have a golden trio like Harry, Ron and Hermione, or a myriad of fantastic villains but there was no doubt it played an important role in getting me going.
It has also influenced the wider world, got people and families into reading, and that is an incredible power to behold.
The magic of Harry Potter will live on and it will certainly be interesting to see it grow.
Well that’s it from me.
What does Harry Potter mean to you?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!