So, I was re-reading Harry Potter. Yes, again! It has been 15 years since I accidentally picked up the first book of series to escape rebuke from a teacher during library period. Since then, I am enchanted.
Although it is a children’s book, I find its appeal unwavering even as an adult. So, on completing my latest re-reading, I decided to pen as to why Harry Potter series still remains a favourite (and perhaps always will!).
- Bravery: The book continuously upholds quality of bravery and survival. Be it Harry deciding to face Voldemort rather than hide behind stones, Dumbledore saying his last spell to safeguard Harry rather than defending himself, or Lily sacrificing herself to protect her son.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
- Eliminating bigotry: It is amazing the way it addresses divisions of society. How mudbloods or goblins or house-elves struggle to be treated equals, just like discrimination based on religion, caste or race.
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
- Power of friendship: The friendship of Harry, Ron and Hermione forms the underlying theme of the series. It is beautiful to feel friendship to be so important (Hermione sticking with Harry in final instalment), to be as fulfilling as family (Weaselys for Harry) and to be so radiant (Ron pushing away Harry to face the big black dog in third instalment).
“Hermione was screaming again: the sound went through Harry like physical pain.”
- Unconditional Love: The book series demonstrates unconditional love in many ways. Snape’s love for Lily shows how powerful loving without expectation can be.
- Imagination: Reality is what we make of it and not what exists. Harry Potter challenges our definition of reality by its mere existence. But, the book shows importance of open mindedness in many ways.
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”