In the summer of 1997, the world became captivated by a young wizard named Harry Potter (About JK, 2007). The series of Harry Potter books that follows Harry Potter’s evolution from an awkward and shy child to a confident and talented wizard. This series has been printed in over 65 languages and sold around 375 million copies. In total seven Harry Potter books were printed and each one takes its readers deeper into the magical world that Harry Potter has created. One of the reasons that the Potter books have been so successful is because they are able to captivate both child and adult readers alike (Garner, 2008). Both audiences are able to relate to the books because Harry Potter has deals with real world issues such as those concerning family problems, friendship, romance, and more. These problems are present for Potter when he living in the abusive home of his relatives, The Dursleys and even into his time at Hogwarts, a boarding school for witches and wizards
Introduction The first Harry Potter book came out in 1997, and no one at the time could imagine that in the 10 years that followed, it would become the most read children’s book and a $6.4 billion worth film franchise. The aim of this essay is to try to explain the reason for the popularity of the Harry Potter books. The aim is also to show the changes that the series caused, how they influenced the people who read them, how they had an impact on literacy and overall, on British popular culture. In the first part of the essay I will briefly explain the beginning of the Harry Potter phenomenon and its growing popularity in the countries all over the world. In the second part I will deal with the character of Harry, explaining why he has such an appeal to the readers and how come people identify with him.
One of the most read series in all literature is Harry Potter. The seven-book succession has sold over 400 million copies and has been translated into over sixty languages. What is it that makes this series so wildly famous? What is it about the boy who lived that makes frenzied readers flock to their local bookstore at midnight on the day of the release to buy the latest installment? How is a story set in a world that doesn’t exist about wizards, witches, magic, and mystical creatures so popular? The series has been able to earn its spot on the New York Times Bestseller list and has granted author J.K. Rowling multiple awards because it is relatable. It is not the setting or the events in the plot of the story that we relate to. We relate to what Harry, his friends, mentors, teachers, caretakers, and even enemies feel. Harry is in a lot of ways exactly like us. He represents some of the good characteristics that all of us have as well as the bad. The series as a whole, is about one thing that is stressed over and over again in the novels, love. The Harry Potter series is one of the most read sequences of novels because the central theme is love and self-sacrifice, and readers are looking for a novel that shows them just that.
The seven books in the Harry Potter series are some of the most popular books of all time. Millions of children and adults around the world crave everything to do with Harry. From the midnight book release parties to new movie releases to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, fans, the world over, love Harry and can't seem to get enough of him. While scores of fans immerse themselves in the fantasy world of Harry Potter, there are some people that believe that Harry Potter is the work of the devil, and the world J.K. Rowling created entices readers to abandon God and pursue the occult. However, Harry Potter does not promote evil. Harry's entire seven novel journey exists to teach people, young and old, about love, loss, relationships, good versus evil, and doing what is right versus doing what is easy. In addition to these very important lessons, Rowling has cast a spell beyond what anyone else has ever seemed to be able to accomplish: She has made millions of children excited about reading. The author is also a prime example that you can be anything and do anything, no matter your circumstances. She is proof that perseverance can yield amazing awards.
The wildly popular Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling has caused controversy for many families over the past five years. These novels according to some critics are harmless, adventurous, children's tales. Others choose to portray them as stories that inspire children to become involved in the occult and serious witchcraft. The Harry Potter novels chronicle the life of a young wizard whose wizard parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldermort. On his eleventh birthday he receives invitation to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each of the five books represents a year of his life there (Walker). This essay will discuss whether the Harry Potter novels are a suitable read for children and why despite what some critics portray, Harry Potter can be a positive role model for youth.
Religious Controversies in Rowling’s Harry Potter Ever since J.K. Rowling first introduced Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997, children and adults have read and loved the series. It has gained such popularity that all of the books have been made into major motion pictures, and a Harry Potter attraction has been opened in Universal Studios, Florida. Though the readers love Rowling’s intricate and exciting story lines, many controversies have arisen from these stories, not only in the United States, but also in various countries around the world.
Books can be considered by many a waste of time, some a joy, and few a marvel. Amazingly, pages contain words that were actually in another person’s mind. The beauty of books could be the ability to go to an alternate universe, enhance vocabulary, or be someone else. These reasons can be the very reason that certain books appeal to certain people. But the stories that appeal significantly and are life-changing could be considered “novels”. The definition of novels are “judged to be the most outstanding and highest quality of its time”. But certain questions arise like, “Why do these stories remain popular?”, “Why are they still considered to be entertaining and relevant?” These can be broken down into three categories, that I believe, narrow down the odds. Novels appeal to people because of life lessons, individuality, and characters.
What makes a book a true classic? Is it in its age, the distinction of its author, the number of copies it sells? I believe it is in none of these things. A true classic is a book that can make you feel, emoting with all of its characters, even the ones you don’t expect to empathize with. Its characters cannot be without faults-they must be as human as the book’s readers, or they will be forgotten as just another character in an endless line of too-perfect protagonists. Any great novel seeks to explore human nature-our morality, our trust in each other, the delicate inner workings of our societies. A classic does more than explore the ways of our world, it exposes them, down to the nitty-gritty bare bones. These books force us to look at the world around us and truly see everything that is happening around us, not just the pretty oute...
Even if there's not, there's always an opportunity to "turn to page 394." Harry Potter promotes literature education while also providing media entertainment. Did you know that two out of three people that read Harry Potter and are extremist Harry Potter fans hate Star Wars? Furthermore, the word "muggle" was added to the dictionary. Some people may see it was already there, but if you had looked at the origins, you see "Harry Potter?" The verdict is, when reading Harry Potter, you seriously learn while having fun, and being
The Harry Potter book series is well known by many adults and children all around the world. Harry Potter is about a young boy named Harry who lives with his abusive Uncle, rude Aunt, and spoiled cousin. He lives with them because his parents were killed when he was younger. Harry eventually finds out that he is a wizard which leads to him going to Hogwarts. At Hogwarts he learns about his powers, his parents, and he faces many tough situations that could cost him his life. It has been said that the author J.K. Rowling has changed the world in many ways with these books. Some of the outcomes of these books include new music genres such as wizard rock and even words from the books, Muggle being one of them, are now in the dictionary. Many children have read the series and they say that the books have changed their lives. One of the greatest ways Harry Potter has changed the world is how it has changed children’s literature. The Harry Potter series has changed children’s literature because it has helped improve their literacy skills and changed their attitudes towards reading.