I’m sure all you harry potter fans out there know why I’ve chosen ‘7’. But compiling this list of JUST 7 reasons is tough! Only those who are harry potter fans would understand this and I simply hate those people who claim to be fans when they haven’t even read the books (read: each book at least 5-6 times). Oh please fool somebody else, how can someone who’s only watched the movies be a true fan!
I know all of us, true fans just need a tiny cue and we can start discussions on each and every thing related to harry potter anywhere and everywhere.
So, here are 7 of my reasons.
1) I grew up with harry potter. Reading the sorcerer’s stone at 11 and growing up with Harry, Ron and Hermione made them a much bigger part of my life than I realized then. I can never forget the impatience with which I counted the days to the release of the next installment in the series and then getting my hands on the 700 page heaven(or haven) and finishing the entire book in 3days flat(yes, I’ve done that). From the first book itself the journey to the centre of the heart had begun (no pun intended). The plethora of possibilities of what’s next began there and then.
2) Every character is real. Every character touches your heart. No one, except of course, Voldemort and his death eaters, is pure evil. Every character here has a shade of grey. Even Dumbledore. And that’s saying something.
3) The love and the friendship.
The oodles of love and friendship in every relation here is overwhelming. More than the fantasy world the books have created, they are about the undying love, friendship, compassion, humanity, the good and the evil.
Who expected Narcissa to risk everything and save Harry for the tiniest hint on her son’s life?
Nowhere else would you find such love. From Harry, Ron and Hermione to Fred and George to Harry and Dumbledore to all the staff at Hogwarts to Harry and Hogwarts to Harry and the Weasleys to Harry and Ginny to Ron and Hermione to Narcissa and Draco to Harry and his parents to the Marauders to Harry and Sirius and and and to Snape’s love for Harry and Lily *sigh*!
4) SEVERUS SNAPE
Oh yes he deserves a separate point altogether. In my list, at least. For all those who can read “the prince’s tale” infinite number of times, then he is on your favourite reasons list too.
What could be a better school, a better home and a better family? The classrooms, the grounds, the forbidden forest, the teachers, the Room of Requirement, the great hall and the list goes on.
6) The magic
The spells- accio, lumos, expelliarmus, sectumsempra, riddikulus, confundo, expecto patronum, levicorpus……
Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.
Invisibilty cloaks (wouldn’t you love to have one ).
Occlumency (can life get any better?).
Such easy transportation- be it the flu powder or flying or apparation or simply flushing down a toilet.
Don’t we just love them all ?
7) J.K. Rowling
Each and every book is magical and has a special place in my heart.
And J.K Rowling. A pure genius. Who else could have created chocolate frogs or fudge flies or butterbeer or every flavor beans or platform 9 and three quarters or hogsmeade or puking pastilles.
The books are a trap, a trap which, once entered, you’d never want to leave.
Those with an impure heart aren’t capable of loving harry potter. And I can say one thing for sure; those who have read and loved these are a part of a legacy. And this legacy, with all of Dumbledore’s teachings, would never ever let a person go the wrong way. It might seem like an exaggeration but it’s true.
Those who were misfortunate enough not to have been born in the era of Harry Potter, I pity them.
Yes, there are no more books. And the 14year old cycle (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published on 30th June 1997) of waiting, reading, loving, discussing and then waiting for the next is over.
When I finished the Deathly Hallows, a warning bell rang in my head, telling me that my childhood is finally over. But as everyone else’s childhood, mine too would live in my heart forever. And so would harry potter.
I would definitely make my children read the harry potter books and yes, when I sit on the porch with my family and they ask me, “After all this time?” I would answer, “Always”.
P.S. I’ve written a very light post, after my last post which was quite on the heavier side.