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20 years of escape to the wizarding realm of Harry Potter

| Updated: December 28, 2021 17:55:36

20 years of escape to the wizarding realm of Harry Potter

The muggle world experienced the debut of Harry Potter on the big screen twenty years ago, and the rest is history.  

'The boy who lived' became a fantasy for many, yet the books were already generating headlines, selling millions of copies, and creating history before Harry Potter took over the film world. 

Because every other youngster was enamoured with it, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was probably the first book that many Potterheads picked up from the bookstore. 

It was a marvellous way for many people to get away from reality. While the majority of people are familiar with the cheeky, brave and loveable trio from the big screen, many people's trip to Hogwarts began in 1997.

JK Rowling's words create the magic that brings the Harry Potter universe to life. Each book in the seven-volume series serves as a stepping stone in Harry's life as he approaches his adolescence. Each book focuses on a specific emotion or notion that reflects our adolescent lives and the society in which we live. 

Each book taught us something significant that was relevant to our age group. So, what are you holding out for? Prepare your brooms, wands and robes as we're about to travel to the wonderful world of Harry Potter.

The realm of the powerful, the crooked and the scared:

As we travelled through the Harry Potter series, we observed how power, corruption, responsibility and terror interacted. Harry Potter taught us tolerance; it taught us that no one is fundamentally good or bad and that, power is a notion whose application is determined by our nature. 

The series taught us about the fates of corrupt souls and power-hungry beings. We saw how power played a key part throughout the books. 

The Malfoys regard the Weasleys with contempt because they have the riches, position and power to do so. 

Dobby symbolised the struggle of the poor, showing how they are chained with everlasting struggle and misery, and how they lack the capacity to be free and can only be emancipated with the assistance of someone from a powerful class.

Intricacies of emotions and gender:

JK Rowling was unequivocal about one point - girls are just as powerful as boys, it's okay for men to cry, and no one is invincible. 

Several sequences show Hermione, Jinny and Luna rescuing the boys from perilous situations. We also observed Harry, Ron, Nevill and Draco expressing their feelings in front of their dear ones. It convinces you that it is acceptable to express your emotions because emotions have nothing to do with your gender. 

It has assisted several millennials and Generation Z in breaking the rigid notion that defined the characteristics of a man and a woman.

The value of friendship

Who didn’t fantasize of having their own trio - consisting of nerdy and clever Hermione, the ever-clumsy yet supportive Ron, and someone as caring, loving, and strong as Harry? 

The first lesson we learn from Harry Potter is the value of friendship. You will never be able to accomplish this in life without the assistance of your buddies. 

Teachers' assistance:

For many of us, school and college are gone and we can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we are no longer subject to the wrath of our teachers. 

However, as we all recall, we all wished for someone like Professor McGonagall. And many of us were fortunate to have a teacher like her in real life – that one teacher who taught, supported, loved, and helped us in a variety of ways. Their hard work and affection turned us into who we are today.

However, a few teachers were not particularly nice with the pupils, but they also did their best to sculpt us into good human beings – of course, we all remember how that whole moulding-us-into-shape stuff went with Snape.

Family love

The word 'family' has enormous power. A family is a place where you feel safe, loved, protected, joyful, and fulfilled. 

Many of us are fortunate to live with our parents and this is family to us. Many others, though, do not have parents or are living with people who do not love them. These people seek refuge with friends, coworkers, or even strangers.

Harry's situation was similar. We were sympathetic to Harry when we were younger. But as we grew older, we realised Harry came from a very loving family. The Weasleys and his pals always welcomed and loved him, and Hogwarts was his home where he felt happy, safe and satisfied.

Death and Life - Two sides of the same coin:

We all desire for the philosopher's stone or the resurrection stone from time to time so that we can always protect our loved ones safe and exist for hundreds of years. 

However, this is not achievable. Because life is so unpredictable, all we have is a little time with our loved ones. One of the most important lessons from Harry Potter was that even the most powerful people will one day fall and fade away. Death can never be avoided.

So, make the most of your existence. Cherish the moments you spend with your family, friends, and yourself because you won't be able to relive them. Perhaps a witty man like Dumbledore, if existed in this muggle world, would have advised the same during this pandemic.

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