With ‘Queen Rowling’ and ‘GINGER PEOPLE’ currently trending on Twitter and emotions still running high from watching all the action from the red carpet of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Premiere, there seems to be no better time than now to reflect on just what the Boy Wizard has meant to so many of us.
Harry Potter will always be tied to the image of our generation. It was 1990 when Jo Rowling first had the idea for the series and fittingly I was also a mere idea at this point, yet to be born! As the students of Hogwarts grew up, our generation did too. It seems the end of the film franchise, surprisingly even more so than the release of the final book, really does mark the end of our childhood.
But it’s clear to see that this does not mark the end of the story. It has become a massive part of our culture. It is something we can make reference to when talking to a complete stranger and have a fair amount of confidence that they will understand. It ties people around the globe and has led to friendships in the most unexpected places.
You only have to look to the work of the Harry Potter Alliance to see that Harry Potter has become so much more than just a series of novels. A love of these books has created a community of people who want to work together to make the world a better place.
“The HPA makes activism accessible for young people by using the Harry Potter books- something they already love- as an access point to discuss pressing issues of social justice.”
– The HP Alliance (http://thehpalliance.org/)
It really goes to show the power fiction can have.
“The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by film or by page, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
– Jo Rowling