Harry Potter Captured My Heart and Soul

Harry Potter Captured My Heart and Soul

The Harry Potter novels are stories which I hold very dear to my heart, although as mentioned in previous posts I only read them last year (I had of course grown up watching the movies). I found myself completely enthralled from the first chapter, J.K Rowling’s mastery of the English language is something to behold. So much so that J.K Rowling has become the most successful literary author of all time. Her novels have sold over 400 million copies world wide and that is of course still on the rise.

Being able to form such a strong connection to fictional characters is amazing. Every single person she has created is relatable in some way whether they are a kind hearted yet slightly bossy young lady, or a house elf who wants equal rights for his people. You can’t help but become emotionally invested in all of their lives, they truly become friends to the reader.

The wizarding world is an utterly beautiful place. From the dark mystery of the Forbidden Forest to the hustle and bustle of Diagon Alley, J.K Rowling brings to life a world far more wonderful than our own. Her words conjure up images of bright colours, fantastic creatures, whimsy, and most of all fun!

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

Albus Dumbledore

There is also the very dark side to the Harry Potter books, some of my favourite characters are in fact evil.  My most beloved would have to be Bellatrix Lestrange (probably the best name in history). She is a completely captivating character, obviously psychotic but lovable none the less.  Helena Bonham Carter absolutely smashed the role in the movies, I couldn’t be happier with her performance. As a lover of all things dark and ghoulish I was always finding myself bewitched by the horrors of Voldemort (not saying if I were a witch I would practice dark magic...), he really is quite formidable.

On the other hand, I found it so hard to read some chapters, Dobby the house elf’s death absolutely ruined me. I cried and forced my dog to love me as I was reading his final words. The thing about these novels is the good guys don’t always win the fight. Many of my loved characters were killed in the last 2 books. Dumbledore was tragic of course, however the ones that got to me more so were Remus Lupin and Fred Weasley. The deaths of these characters only bring more fight to your mind as you read the final chapters.

This story is a journey and one I know I will take again. I feel privileged to be part of the Harry Potter generation. If you have never read these novels I strongly suggest you give them a shot.

13 Jan 2016 8:24 PMAlex Barb