By Manya Sharma & Madhurima Dhar
Merlins Pants! My owl must have gotten lost on the way to post this otherwise why would I be late in honouring the 20-year anniversary of The Harry Potter series.
“Harry-Yer a wizard.”, these 4 words not only changed the life of a fictional character but also of an entire generation. It transcended the boundaries between fantasy and reality. It made every reader wait for their Hogwarts letter at the age of 11, hell I am still waiting for mine!
Words are the most inexhaustible source of magic and that is precisely why, even after 20 years of its commencement, it is still such a phenomenon. Harry Potter changing the world and children literature is not an exaggeration but a reality.
The reason why Harry Potter imprints on us is because it bridges magic and morality. It helps us in formulating what our own world should look like. Fantasy stories can tell you a lot about what a civilisation values and the best fantasy stories help a civilisation value the right thing and that is precisely what JK Rowling has contributed to the world. One of the most powerful theme which resonates in the entire series is that of ‘identity’ and ‘acceptance’.
Harry showed us that it is our choices which define us and with a strong will and relentless determination one can even overcome the invincible.
Hermoine not only gave us a lesson in bravery and what true feminism ought to be but also taught us the immense potential of books. Read and Read so that you don’t have to lift your sword, your tongue should be enough.
Ron taught us how our loyalties are central in shaping us. The trio always stood by each other even when the consequences are dire.
Sirius proved that the world isn’t all black and white but many shades of grey and everything in between. Harry displays the deep inculcation of this fact when he tries to save Malfoy (a person he loathes) in the last book and nearly dies in his attempt. It displays the immense maturity that the characters have developed over the course of time and how being truly mature means perceiving the difference between unpleasantness and pure evil.
Percy taught us that it is not cowardly to make mistakes, as at the end of the day we are all just humans, be it muggles or wizards. But true courage lies in accepting and remedying our mistakes.
Luna showed us that normalcy is over-rated. It is okay being weird and most importantly, it is okay being YOU even if it does not fit the societal-standards.
Molly and Lilly revealed the extent of power of a mother’s love. Like it is rightly said, “Hell hath no fury like a mother whose child has been scorned.”
Fred and George made us realise the importance of pursuing our dreams and passion and how essential laughter is in tumultuous times.
Through the course of the movie, we learn to draw a line between being powerful and being authoritative. Voldemort oozes power whereas authority is a trait exhibited by wise men and women.Harry and his friends discover themselves in an unconventional way. They seek responsibility and learn to respect the right authority which may not always be the government institutions.
The feeling of self-sacrifice is coherent throughout the series to preserve a convoluted world which seems beyond saving.
Harry Potter aided us in comprehending not only how our world should be but also how it ought to be. And that is what great books are capable of doing.
It’s a series read by people of all age groups and rightly so. J.K Rowling created a world that is so intricate and relatable that every chapter is a pleasure to read and every book a journey. Her writing grew with her characters, as did her readers.
In the words of the amazing Late Alan Rickman “When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, ‘After all this time?’ And I will say, ‘Always.”