Why Do We Really Read Harry Potter?

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The Harry Potter series, by J.K Rowling, is about three wizard friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who save the wizarding world from destruction from an evil character. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley share numerous victories as well as obstacles and struggles, which they must overcome making it is easy for fans to relate to the characters. There were many conflicting opinions about Harry Potter. Some people did not watch or read the series because they believed it contained occult themes, however even people who did not read or watch the series could not escape seeing merchandise or advertisements in their everyday lives due to the enormity of the franchise. Harry Potter was so tremendously successful and…show more content…
Hogwarts does not exist, there are no wizards or witches, and a person cannot cast legitimate spells out of a wand, however people get lost in the Harry Potter universe. There are a couple reasons as to why fans find comfort in the series. Potter had a rough childhood; his parents were killed when he was a baby, he was locked in a small room underneath the stairway of his foster family’s house, and he faced emotional abuse from his foster family. People who have been abused or have had rough childhoods see Potter as relatable and even as a hero. He serves as someone to look up to because he came from a bad childhood, grew up, and saved the wizarding world. He gives hope to people in bad situations. Potter, Granger, and Weasley have an unbreakable bond throughout the series despite having difficulties. Throughout the books, they show the loyalty and friendship that people want to have with their friends. Another reason that people find comfort in Harry Potter is because they feel like they are part of the wizarding universe. Rowling wrote the books in such a way that the reader did not just want to be at Hogwarts, but they felt that they were. The first Harry Potter book was published in the United Kingdom in 1997 and the final movie was released in 2011. That is fourteen years of loving and supporting Harry Potter. Fans who started with Potter in 1997 with the release of Harry Potter…show more content…
Rowling created a world that people of all ages wanted to read about. She created a world so inviting and so many people wanted it to be reality that in 2010 Universal Orlando built a park called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It features Harry Potter themed rides, foods, memorabilia, games, and activities. It was built to look and feel as though one is actually in Harry Potter’s world. People went crazy over it and it was such a hit that there is another Wizarding World of Harry Potter being built in California that will open in spring of 2016. People are obsessed with Harry Potter. There were book release parties where fans, dressed in full wizard or witch costume, would line up outside of bookstores and wait for the book to be on the shelves and available for purchase. There were also movie release parties for the in-theater version and the version they could buy in stores. Fans, dressed in full wizard or witch costume, would line up outside of theaters and wait to buy tickets to see the movie. When the movie was available for purchase in stores, they would buy it and have Harry Potter themed movie nights. People would pay to see the movie in theater, possibly more than once, and then pay to own the movie. As a way to keep the Harry Potter movie parties going, ABC Family hosts ‘Harry Potter Weekend Event’ where it shows seven of the eight movies. ABC Family does not have the rights to show Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,

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