Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — the 7th and final book of the Harry Potter series has finally been scheduled for release — D-day is the 21st of July. I’m looking forward to it and at the same time, I’m not. It’s sort of like what J. K. Rowling said she felt like upon completing the book — euphoric at accomplishing the deed, but sad at the same time since the journey is over. And well, it’s a similar thing here — I’m happy that I’ll finally get to read the final instalment since that would mean a number of unanswered questions hopefully, being answered. And yet, yet there will be that hollow empty feeling of the end — the end of an era almost. No more new Potter adventures to look forward to. No more speculations and the eagerness to find out if you were right or wrong. No more thinking of, dreaming about and breathing the mysteries surrounding Hogwarts and the world of magic. No more.
One of my friends in Bombay introduced me to the Harry Potter series by lending me her first four books and that did it!! I was hooked. So much so, I had to get copies of my own. Being a book lover, a great book is one I just have to own. And Harry Potter books were in that category. I own all the 6 books and quite obviously, will buy the 7th. I’ve read each book at least 6-7 times. I’ve loved imagining the world of magic, the characters, the scenery…I’ve enjoyed letting my imagination run wild wondering whether there are wizards and witches around us and whether I’m one of those Muggles who is oblivious to what’s going on. I’ve loved growing up with the characters, rejoicing at their triumphs (e.g. Ron Weasley helping Gryffindor win), crying at their sorrows (read: Sirius Black’s death), and feeling scared when they faced fear (e.g. Voldermort’s return). I’ve laughed at the wit of the Weasley’s, cringed at Harry’s akwardness and rolled my eyes at Hermione’s know-it-all attitude. I’ve loved it all.
Although this blog is titled ‘Pottermania’, Harry Potter is, in fact, not my favourite character. That would be Ron Weasley. Followed by Fred and George Weasley and Ginny Weasley and Sirius Black and Hermione and Snape and only then, probably, Harry. I guess that while Harry is an intriguing character, it’s the others who make it entertaining and real. And of course, it is because of them Harry does manage to get through most of his escapades. Regarding a favourite book — I can’t decide. I loved the 3rd book HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but then I also loved the 5th, HP and the Order of the Phoenix and 6th, HP and the Half-Blood Prince books which were just as intriguing and exciting adventures.
While the books have been made into movies, I must confess to being disappointed. I’m guessing this is a similar sentiment shared by many readers since a movie lacks some of the most important facets of the books. The best example of this would be not being able to ‘hear’ each characters thoughts. In the book you get to read about how confused a character might be in a situation, read what they are thinking and well, be them for want of a better phrase. In a movie, you can’t do that. And of course, another aspect of the movie that I personally didn’t like — the casting. None of the characters (barring Snape to a certain extent) were like the ones I created in my imagination. And being biased, I preferred the one’s in my own world! The 3rd movie was the biggest disappointment. It had so many things different from the book that it made me angry. I haven’t watched the 4th movie and while part of me wants to, I know I’ll be disappointed. I doubt I’ll watch any of the other movies either.
Finally, I must say, I admire J. K. Rowling.
For coming up with the idea.
For persisting with it.
For believing in her creation.
And of course, for giving readers of all ages an entry into a magical world (literally!) filled with amazing adventures and fun!
Of course, just because the series will end doesn’t necessarily mean that I stop reading — I can read those books over and over and over. I bet I won’t get sick of it even when I’m old and grey. Just like my Enid Blyton books! =)
Till next time,