More Admiration for Ms. Rowling
I cannot say enough how much the Harry Potter series has influenced my life. Following the adventures of Harry and his friends, the story is crafted so beautifully and tenderly and tastefully. Thank you, J.K. Rowling, for writing books that can reach all ages. The reason it reaches all ages is because these children’s books don’t just affect children: They affect everyone who takes the time to read them or experience the adapted story through the movies. More than the material aspects that have sprouted from her seven novels on an orphaned boy wizard, J.K. Rowling has inspired people to grasp all different sorts of pursuits, creative and not. Her influence is profound and beautiful.
Beyond artistic endeavors, this phenomenon of books and movies and merchandise serves as a reminder to keep living. Several members of this wizard wannabe community use Harry Potter as an escape from things in their lives that needle or full-on strike at them. What begins as an escape from a life that feels inescapable gives them the strength to move forward, to try as Harry and his friends do, form a reason for living of sorts. Is Harry Potter our/their only reason for living? Of course not. However, it lends people the strength to begin creating and shaping the world around them, both directly and beyond. This specific set of fictional adventures, regarding an orphaned wizard boy, provides a means of support as people move past depression, abuse, death, and more. First it is about escaping fears and darkness, but over time it is about accepting those fears and darkness, and moving past them in the way only you can be brave, something Harry Potter highlights as a main theme throughout Harry’s coming-of-age. If this is what people can take from the books and movie franchise and more, giving them a chance to create something beautiful and sturdy in their hands, then Harry Potter is more than just a regular book series: It has a life-changing quality that has influenced millions, perhaps billions, of people across the world.
I really appreciate the style of J.K. Rowling’s writing and the way it developed over the course of the series and now through The Casual Vacancy and the Cormoran Strike chronicles. She weaves words in a way that is distinct and intricate but still leaves a lot up to interpretation, how we want to see the story for ourselves and also how, collectively, we view Harry Potter as a worldwide community. Fans gather to create fan fiction, fan art, and wizard rock bands, even promoting the movie franchise and the theme parks to emphasize how important Harry Potter is to the cultures of the world. Her writing the screenplays for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy is outstanding and exciting, encouraging us to keep creating in regards to Harry Potter as well as through our own tastes.
In addition, JKR’s charity and philanthropic work is inspiring because it is not for attention but because it is true to who she is.
Her acclaimed book series has touched the lives of people all over the world and given them the strength to pursue their own creative ventures, whatever those may be. More than that, it helps people come to terms with what may be brewing inside themselves and ultimately gives them the tools to act how they see fit and does not act as a crutch. With me Harry Potter first gave me a taste of a desire to write something bigger than myself, something that expresses what I think but provides a universal experience for people to look at and understand, or at the very least empathize. This is what she is able to do in Harry Potter, and to be able to replicate that one day in my own pursuits would be magical.
After reading Harry Potter, I want to help people. Maybe I can’t save people in the Battle of Hogwarts, but I can save people in other ways, by reaching out my hand and listening to what others have to say. And I thank J.K. Rowling everyday for instilling that desire in me.
I love Harry Potter, but I also love the spark JKR has given me and countless others around the world to change things, to love, and to grasp for the things most important. Thank you so much.
What do you guys love most about J.K. Rowling or the influence of the Harry Potter series? Feel free to comment below!