I’ve been having a really difficult time figuring out WHY I love Harry Potter so much.
Now, it’s been a long time since I’ve read the books so I’m kind of piecing my information from both the movies as well as the books so forgive any indiscretions.
I think one of my main reasons is the fandom. Potterheads don’t only consist of kids, teenagers, or adults, but a combination. Its reach spans all generations and all different types of people whether they like fiction, reading, magic, or not. No matter what other fandoms anyone is in, you can make a random reference and someone will answer. Also, an American study suggests that fans tend to be more politically tolerant, open to diversity, and less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture.
After all this time? ________________
The characters are a major part of my respect. Not just Harry, Ron, or Hermione but Every. Single. Character. Not one is useless; they all embody some sort of value, moral, or lesson. Mcgonagall is strong, sassy, fair, strict, and loving all in one. Luna breaks the stereotype that you have to fit in to be loved. Neville’s greatest strength was his loyalty and friendship but he also embodies the motif that sometimes things are not always your fault but you can always try to right them. Hagrid is loving, caring, and compassionate but that is not always accepted or the right thing to do. Snape, obviously is the walking embodiment that not all who seem angry, evil, misguided etc, are so without reason; looks and even acts can be deceiving.
J.K. Rowling herself is an inspiration. She is not afraid to kill off characters. This may seem like something that would hinder a story but it’s more realistic and heart wrenching; I wonder if at any time, she had to set down her pen or turn away from her computer because of someone who was hurt or died. The most AMAZING thing of all is the layers these stories hold. Things that at first look you don’t even see or realize. Some examples are the fact that the first novel was published in 1988 the same years as the final battle of Hogwarts “I open at the close.” The Marauders died In reverse order that their names were printed on the map. One of Professor Trelawney’s seemingly useless predictions, “ the first to rise is the first to die,” comes true when Lupin is the first to rise at Moody’s funeral, and is later the first one killed in battle.
There’s a lot I’ve missed or didn’t talk about, but there’s also a lot left up to interpretations. Hope you guys enjoyed just this little bit ^_^
As for rating the individual movies and books, impossible! I love this series, book and movie, with all my heart <3