If you have read the first part, you might have been miffed at there being only four reasons. (If you haven’t read it, visit https://www.icytales.com/why-the-harry-potter-fandom-resilient-ever-years-later-part/page). Surely, something as amazing as HARRY POTTER deserves far, far more; the reasons each has for loving this franchise are innumerable in their summation, ranging from those that the world can relate to and those that are utterly personal. However, here’s bringing you four more reasons as to why you are still such an ardent devotee of these novels, making eight reasons in all – one for each year we have spent since 2007, deprived of Harry’s adventures and revisiting the same books that have begun to feel like home.
It is still difficult to wrap one’s head around the immensity and complexity of this book series (supposedly for CHILDREN, by the way). The individual plot lines of each book weave together, with tiny and seemingly unimportant tidbits from previous novels suddenly gaining prominence in later storylines, to form a perfect and intricate mesh with all its loose end tying together into a neat little bow at the end. No question is left unanswered – from what Dumbledore sees in the Mirror of Erised to whom the blue eye in the shared belongs to – your curiosity is completely sated. Introducing ‘the deathly hallows’ in the final instalment was a stroke of genius on J.K.R.’s part, as was detailing a concept like a wand ownership and using both these devices to bring the series to an utterly satisfying end.
- Moments that make us laugh, cry and rage – that make us FEEL.
The best books are the ones which make you a part of them, and which seep into your very bones until they become a part of you. They are the books which make you cry tears of grief and frustration along with the characters you adore and laugh till you are gasping for breath. Few manage to earn a place on that pedestal, and Harry Potter is one of those few. It makes you climb into the character’s skin until you become one with them, experiencing their joys and sorrows very time your eyes run over the same passages. There are instances which make you laugh till your stomach hurts, dialogues so witty and sassy and sarcastic that all you want to do is try using them with someone you secretly hate, and moments so horrific and heartbreaking that the worn pages of your copy become stained with your tears. The books put one through the emotional wringer. In all respects, this series is the whole package.
- Characters that are real and relatable.
As a child, there aren’t many fantasy books you can relate to. Sure, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books were awesome, but you couldn’t ever really think, ‘Oh my gosh, that totally happened to me!’ After all, which parents would ever allow their 12-year-old to go traipsing about the countryside catching smugglers? But in spite of them being witches and wizards who just happen to defeat the most powerful Dark wizard of all time, every person can see a version of themselves in the Harry Potter characters. The studious bookworm whose hand always shoots up first when the teacher asks a question finds a kindred spirit in Hermione while the clumsy young boy whose insecurities hold him back can empathize with Neville. Luna Lovegood gives every adolescent who does not feel a sense of belonging and is left out by his or her peers, hope that someday people will recognize him/her as the amazing person that they are. Therein lies the real magic of Harry Potter.
It takes considerable skill and tact to touch upon the issues that Harry Potter deals with, without scarring vulnerable young minds. Rowling, however, is a pro. The brilliance of it all is that when you read it as a child, you take things at face value. S.P.E.W. is just a funny obsession of Hermione’s; Dementors are just terrifying but thankfully imaginary creatures. It is only when you reread the books with more maturity and understanding that you realise that there are undercurrents of protest against slavery and bigotry; that Dementors are nothing but the monsters present in our heads – a metaphor for depression. As you start to read between the lines and pay closer attention, you become conscious of the fact that the hate for muggle borns is an accurate representation of racism in the world. Suddenly, the government prosecuting werewolves and half-breeds is reminiscent of the discrimination that takes place in our grimy reality. From Boggarts showing your darkest fears and the Mirror of Erised displaying your heart’s deepest desire, to bullying, cruelty and child neglect – these are the other dark subjects that are introduced in a gradual manner. This series makes you think for yourself and ruminate on social issues which you may have otherwise dismissed.
So go to your bookshelves, flick the dust off those old hardcover copies and read the tale of the Boy, Who Lived once more. You’ll fall more and more in love with it every time!