July 15 marks the official release of the last of the Harry Potter movies. Big Harry Potter fan here so though I’m excited to see the movie I’m pretty bummed that such a great series of films are coming to an end.
I remember ten years ago back when I was living in Fairbanks one of my coworkers mentioned that she was reading Harry Potter and how awesome it was.
I was surprised because though I’d heard of the book and seen all the hype around it I thought it was strictly a kid’s read and not something adults could really get into.
Yet here was this coworker who had several kids of her own (one old enough to be in the Navy) raving about the book. That sold me on it and over the years I’ve become a big fan of both the books and movies.
J.K. Rowling said that when she was in college she avoided going the normal route and spent much of her time in the mythology section of the library devotedly soaking up the stories and wisdom of the ancients.
The influence of those stories runs deep in the Harry Potter saga and I think this is one of the major things that makes the books feel like they have such real-world truths and depth even though they’re fiction stories. These kinds of truths resonate with people of all ages.
If I got to pick what stories were to be the mythologies of our time the Harry Potter series would definitely be at the top of my list. What do you think, agree/disagree?
It’ll be kind of sad going into the theatre to see the last movie, here’s hoping that J.K. Rowling will write prequels or some sort of continuation to the series someday and give us another great set of books and movies.