JK Rowling has made me want to live in a world full of magic, secrets and professors who are more intelligent than Einstein. Each book written in such a capturing way where you can’t seem to put the book down, where you have so much hatred for Delores Umbridge… but at the same time you weirdly love her.
Lets talk ‘The Philosophers Stone’, JK Rowling introduces the three main characters, we find a love for Hagrid and we despise the Dursleys. I like to think of the Harry Potter Collection as an onion, an onion is made up of many layers and I like to think that ‘The Philosophers Stone’ is the skin of an onion, the hard shell. The book gives the audience a plot on what we are about to spend the next few months of our lives reading. Which then takes us to ‘The Chamber of Secrets’ and ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’, in my opinion I found the first three books a children’s read. They were an easy read which gave us a little more insight about how evil Voldemort is, but there still wasn’t much action from the three musketeers we like to call Harry, Ron and Hermione. The ending of ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ was brilliant where we meet Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black.
Moving on to ‘The Goblet of Fire’ and ‘The Order of the Phoenix’. Here we learn how selfless He Who Must Not Be Named is returning back to life killing anyone in his way. We go through an emotional rollercoaster with Harry during the games, Professor Mad Eye and Cedric dying right at the tip of our nose. For me, this is where it starts to get serious and I was glued to the book. I can remember seeing the size of the fifth book and thinking I am never going to complete this… but I did, and it is probably one of my favourites of the collection. JK Rowling creates this ‘toad like’ evil witch who wants power over Hogwarts and everything inside it.
Finally onto ‘The Half Blood Prince’ and ‘The Deathly Hallows’. There are twists, deaths and Dobby. Who would have thought the Advanced Potion Making Book belonged to Snape, the Half Blood Prince!? One of the greatest wizards of all time, unfortunately not as great as Dumbledore. Which brings us to Dumbledores’ death, I cried. For an author to have the ability to make somebody cry over words on a page is an absolute winner, and Rowling did just that. Rowling made us attached to this beautiful man, she made us wish we knew him personally and when Snape killed him you felt the same anger as Harry. But that’s where it all reveals in the last and final of this wondrous seven book collection. Dumbledore was protecting Harry from the moment he placed him on the doorstep on Privet Drive many years ago. Dumbledore taught Harry everything he knew in order to defeat You-Know-Who and it was Snape that had to kill Dumbledore so the correct person would have the elder wand…
That’s where JK Rowling ties everything together. Creating a world where you wish to be a witch or a wizard, attending Hogwarts and receiving a wand that has chosen you from Ollivanders in Diagon Alley. A woman has created this world by sitting on a delayed train, life just got that little bit better for us all.