If the title brought you here, I can see how much of a true Potterhead you are! A dozen years have passed since the final book of the series was released, but I couldn’t turn the last page of that book without a tear in my eye. Most of us grew up reading the series; you wouldn’t see a ‘book day’ without at least one Harry Potter character, or a primary school Halloween party dressed up as the latter. The books were magical in themselves, as they instilled reading habits into many children. I have even seen some of the most the reluctant-to-read children (including some of my friends 😉) actually grab those books from me! Another great complement to the hardcopies were the movies, which brought our imagination to life whilst reading these adventures!
While we praise the series to this date, have we, however, praised all the ‘muggles’ behind the magic enough? Or the muggles who made history in the world of fantasy-fiction? The thread of ‘magic’ never seems to end, it weaves into a metaphorical expression, because each gives birth to a different form. But first, we give utmost credit to the mother of this magic, the one and only J.K. Rowling.
Sometimes I wonder how the world of reading would be if Rowling’s train from Manchester to King’s Cross was never delayed? Everything surely does happen for a reason. After all, if it wasn’t for that delay, ‘muggles’ would have never existed. Conventionally, a large number of children’s fairytales portrayed witches and wizards as evil magicians, but Rowling’s series spread the concept of witchcraft and wizardry on a worldwide scale, portraying them as a section of people who completely resembled humans but had supernatural powers and peacefully coexisted (well, most of them) without exposing their presence to ‘muggles’ or non-magic human beings. She didn’t just create the fantasyland of Hogwarts, but also associated it with common places that actually exist, like Surrey, Kings Cross Station, etc. She also made certain restrictions to magic, which didn’t make it sound extremely pretentious; such as eyesight correction (do I really have to mention an example? 😉), cooking (Mrs. Weasley worked hard and so did Hermione when they camped in forests) and more which I may have missed out on. This, in my opinion, made it different from other fictional stories, as Rowling made it partly relatable and not overly fake.
Another magical aspect of the series were its quotes. Some truly inspired me, and I am pretty sure so were many other readers around the world. Some of them include-
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
Few words, yet speaking volumes. Most of all, props to all the ‘muggle’ cast and crew for replicating our imagination on screen, especially Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) for bringing the ‘Golden Trio’ to life. If I had to name all the people on screen, and behind the screen, I wouldn’t have enough room to write! These were none other than ‘muggles’ who created magic on screen; I still remember Rupert Grint saying in an interview where he was younger that he was a wizard getting paid in muggle money! A wonderfully witty remark at such a young age.
According to Rowling, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” This is true in every sense since seven books and eight films weren’t enough to keep the HP trend going. Fans wanted more. Supplementary books like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle and the Bard, as well as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but it didn’t stop there. Soon fans started writing their ideas to the series, launching their magic of writing, and unraveling their new talent. Today, there are thousands of ‘muggles’ brewing fanfiction and spilling their creativity all over the internet, in which the Pottermore website is one of their prime sources.
However, the magic doesn’t end there, as Rowling and more than 20 HP fan sites have generously contributed to charitable institutes. The Guardian claims that the Harry Potter fandom has spread its magic to young orphans around the globe, and since the first fundraisers took place on Rowling and Potter’s birthday, the number of PATRONuses has been increasing. Thus, fanfiction has also created magic through a noble cause.
This series has marked itself spectacularly and would never fail to impress the upcoming generations. Years have passed, yet the magic hasn’t faded. If you thought, I’d forgotten….
“After all this time? Always.”