The Boy Who Lived

Most of us have either grown up with, or at least enjoyed the tale of the boy who lived at some point in their life. It might have been reading each book as it came out, or seeing it at the cinema on opening day. Maybe you re-read the books or re-watch the DVDs time and time again.

Of course I know that the story of Harry Potter isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some people never bothered with the books, and some don’t even enjoy the films. It’s a concept that to me, seems crazy, but each to their own!

When the books first came out, I was lucky enough to always get a copy, eventually getting the last few on release day. I saw every film at the cinema, some of them twice. I’m not going to lie, I’m a HUGE HP geek! I recently re-read the books for the first time in years.

I’m not one of those people who either prefers the books or the films, and I don’t spend ages comparing them – although it would be interesting to do that! I do notice the little differences and wonder what the decision making process was when adapting them for the screen.

For example, why is Hermione’s constant battle for the house elves missing from the films? Why is Lupin and Tonk’s relationship only hinted at? Why don’t Harry and Dudley have their emotional goodbye in the Deathly Hallows? Just to name a few.

Whatever the reasoning, I imagine it was difficult to pick and choose.

Anyway, overall I love this entire series, both in the form of the books and the films. Admittedly, I won’t read the books every year, but I will re-watch the films a couple of times. The reason behind this is because the books will take so much longer to read, and I have a big book collection to work through!

So what is it about this magical series that really stuck with me? Upon re-reading the books – nearly 9 years after the last one was released – I noticed something about Rowling’s writing. I think she has a fantastic imagination and has created something wonderful, but I also think she is quite repetitive from time to time, and sometimes either descriptions or actions that are unnecessary. I now wish I had some examples, but I don’t!

I’m not saying at all that I think she’s a bad writer – I don’t! I think that what she does to your imagination is incredible. Even after knowing the story lines, I was still gripped with every page, and couldn’t wait to see what about to happen, what was going to be revealed. The world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts goes so much father than what we read on the pages, and watch on the screen. Over the years, I have discovered more and more about the world, each snippet filling me with excitement!

Along with such a vast story, we were given characters to fall in love with! With that came a gut-wrenching sadness when something bad happened to one of them.

I love just about all of the characters – except for Fenrir Greyback, because he’s awful – even the bad guys well placed. I don’t agree with their evil choices, but I do think they are some of the best baddies ever created!

When I hear the first few notes of the famous score that accompanies the films, I get chills. It’s a series that I can’t get enough of, and I look forward to explore it further in future, so I can write about in a more in-depth exploration.

For now though, I just wanted to thank J.k Rowling for creating something so amazing and enchanting. I don’t thank you for killing some of my favorite characters though!

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