It is fair to say that Harry Potter is one of the most popular stories ever written. The book-series has sold more copies than any other book-series, with the bulk of its readership being teenagers and young adults. For many of the numerous young readers, and perhaps even for some seniors, the exciting adventures of young wizard Harry Potter and his friends have started a cycle of reading and liking literature that is still ongoing.
A completely different world
Reading the Harry Potter books, or watching the movies, is like being taken into a completely different world. This world is filled with fantasy elements such as flying cars, three-headed monsters and talking goblins, with the fantasy world’s fiction characters looking like humans, freaks and anything in between. Excitingly dramatic too, the narratives are permeated by evil and death, and the storyline, quite thrillingly, gets increasingly dark as the main characters grow to near adulthood in the later sequels.
Good versus evil
The obvious horror notwithstanding, in the Harry Potter series, friendship, romance and mystery are always there to deflect the darkness. This reassuring structure makes the Harry Potter plots entertaining as well as varied, and combined with the captivating narrative of good versus evil, have caused readers and viewers to dream that they too, just like Harry, one day would find a letter in the mail telling them that they were admitted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which so many fantasy fans dream of entering, the aforementioned Harry and his two friends Hermione and Ron are the main characters through all seven of the famous series’ installments. However, author Joanne Rowling has said in an interview that she seriously considered letting Ron’s character die about midway into the book-series. She has also revealed that Emma Watson, who plays Hermione in the Harry Potter-movies, most likely would have been considered too pretty for the role. Fortunately for Emma, though, her enthusiasm over the phone practically landed her the role before she even met the casting agents. As to Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the filmization of Joanne Rowling’s seven-installment masterpiece, he took the longest to find.