How Harry Potter Will Withstand the Test of Time

On July 21, 2007, the final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released. Before its release, I can still remember the anticipation and anxiety that encompassed every child, teenager, and adult, because no one was exactly sure what would happen to Harry and the rest of the Wizarding World. Rumors traveled from person to person and ranged anywhere from Lord Voldemort taking over the entire world to Harry becoming the next Minister of Magic. At stroke of midnight, the book was released and over 11 million copies were sold in the United States alone within the first day.

Over seven years have passed since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and in that time, many other critically acclaimed series, such as Twilight, the Hunger Games, and Divergent, have been released. While each of these series is unique and relatively impossible to compare to one another, the story of the “Boy Who Lived” continues to appear in the lives of us all. ABC Family seems to have a Harry Potter movie marathon on at least one weekend out of every month of the year. Universal Studios amusement parks around the world have begun building the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which includes the castle of Hogwarts, village of Hogsmede, and brand-new this summer, Diagon Alley. While other series may eventually have their own movie weekends on a television network, it is hard to imagine any of them having the success and profitability that the Harry Potter series has had and the separating factor is quite simple: the brilliant mind and talent of author J.K. Rowling. Continue reading “How Harry Potter Will Withstand the Test of Time”