Happy 20th Anniversary Harry Potter!

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Turns 20

So in case people were not aware, there is a possibility we may have missed out on the glorious world of Hogwarts and magic JK Rowling created. Author J.K. Rowling has told the story of how she received “loads” of rejections before “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (known in the U.S. as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) was finally published on June 26, 1997.
Rowling once told fans that she couldn’t even get books published under her pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.How crazy is that? What turned out to be one of the best selling book series of all time almost never got made. How much are those companies who rejected her kicking themselves now? Over the years, the seven Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies. They have been translated into more than 60 languages. The boost in the rise of YA novels, both in works made and sold, can credit their success to Potter’s success.
Think we may not have had the cast of actors we did have? Had these books come out even 2 years later we may not have. I am so glad it all fell into place when it did. Because I loved the Books and I loved the cast assembled for the movies.

The Impact had on Kids

JK Rowling and Harry Potter made reading fun again for kids. Libraries had month long waiting lists, Stores couldn’t keep them in stocks. Literacy was up for children and it was all credited to Potter. There was the anticipation for every new book all celebrated with fun and games and midnight release parties.
Over in England certain book stores would even get Live readings of the Potter books by Rowling herself. It gave kids a sense of community and belonging and friendships formed over this magical world. In a world that can be cruel this is a huge thing for children to have.
It also gave kids people their own age in look up to and inspire them. That just because they were kids that they can make a difference. It taught them the difference between right and wrong, how power corrupts, and that no matter how tough things get friends will always be there to help you through. Characters like Luna and Neville showed that their greatest strengths were loyalty and kindness instead of how much magical power you wield. And that was such an important lesson to learn in your formative years.

The Impact in My Life

There was no denying when I was a kid, and now, I read a lot. I am also not going to lie, the cover art for the Harry Potter books turned me off. It looked childish, and in all my wise wisdom of a 16 year old I dismissed it as a children’s book. But there came a day where I was helping a friend repair a house. And I was literally stuck with the choice of reading the Sorcerer’s stone (my friend’s book) or watching stucco dry.

So armed with my iced tea and cookies I sat down to read about the boy who lived. My friend was taking a nap while I read. And read and read. 3 hours later my friend woke up and startled me out of Harry, Ron, and Hermione sneaking past Fluffy with music. I have never been so wrong about a book and to this day I have never again judged the cover to tell me quality. There was nothing childish about this book. It embraced the idea of being an orphan, being bullied, physically and emotionally neglected by his aunt and uncle. And that is just all in the first 2 chapters. Rowling makes you feel what Harry feels when he gets his letter to Hogwarts. The elation of getting away from a terrible situation and making friends for the first time ever.

The Magic

The Magic of these books is that the magic isn’t the most important thing. Like I mentioned above it’s in the bonds of friendship, loyalty, courage and doing the right thing. Sacrificing yourself for the greater good. All these crucial lessons wrapped up in an appealing bow of amazing characters and wonderful world. I was hooked, and thus was born a Potterhead. I may have been 3 years late to the party but I was entrenched and never leaving.

Even today at 33, the world still fascinates and enchants me. I soak up all the new adventures Rowling gives us from that world. I still hold the lessons I learned and the idols I admire. Hermione is still near the top of the list in BAMF females who stand tough and strong amongst her peers. It is a world I constantly revisit over the years and still makes me feel as good as I did at 16 reading it for the first time while waiting for stucco to dry.

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