“He’ll be famous— a legend—I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in the future— there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name.”—Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone)
June 26th 1997 marks the day Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone was first published in the UK. Young and old quickly clung to a fascinating world full of wizards, witches, muggles, and magic! As if by sheer luck, Harry Potter quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. Today, the Harry Potter books are among the bestselling novels of all time. These novels have been translated to a whooping 79 languages and have sold over 450 million books worldwide. These books not only broke record sells, but they have also created a multi-billion dollar movie franchise. It is no secret today that the Harry Potter books have and continue to inspire the masses.
Harry Potter and the Power he Possesses
As previously stated, it has been 20 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter novel and many fans have gotten much information of the boy wizard on Pottermore.com. In addition, this month the Pottermore website, J.K. Rowling’s official Harry Potter website, launched a book club to celebrate the book’s 20th anniversary. Many fans will be able to journey back to Hogwarts and discuss the book on twitter.
What’s more, these books have influenced a whole generation of children to be creative and most importantly they have taught us the magic of LOVE.
These engrossing books are inspiring the way new generations are becoming politically engaged in the world today. Considering the book was published 20 years ago, many of the children who grew up with the Harry Potter series have now come of age. Furthermore, many of these adults have gained voting rights. In the U.S. alone, polls showed that those who had read the Harry Potter series tend to have had a less favorable opinion of the current U.S. president. These findings held true regardless of any person’s political party, age, religious beliefs, gender or their level of education according to Diana Mutz.
Most importantly, this fascinating series has taught us that the greatest power in this world is love. Love is a monumental message throughout the whole series. It also teaches the reader to stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves; to speak out for those who cannot. We can see this specifically in the books when Hermione created the S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare). This correlates very closely with the Muslim community today. As we must continuously speak out for all those that are oppressed. This is one of the very many reasons that Harry Potter still resonates with readers today.
Harry Potter is a wonderful and captivating series that deals with heroism, sacrifice, triumphs, deaths, sorrows and most importantly love.
Finally, despite how chaotic the world may seem, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us back with open arms.
“Do not pity the dead…Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love” —Albus Dumbledore