Saturday, May 16, 2015
Exploring JK Rowling's Harry Potter Series
If you are the kind of person who is always keeping your eyes open for a good book to read (or, in fact, even if you are the sort of person who never reads at all), you are surely familiar with the general idea of the Harry Potter books - but what you may not have known, if you have not read these books yourself, is that these books, in spite of their label as "Children's Books" might actually be right up your alley! It was in the late 1990s that Rowling started writing the Harry Potter series, when she was just a single working mom and was struck with an idea for a story about a boy wizard finding his way in the wizarding community; after failing to find a publisher on her first several tries, someone finally gave the book a chance, and the rest is history, as Rowling soon became one of the most well-known names in the world, and became the first author in history to become a billionaire from their writing! What most people (even those who know nothing specific about the books!) know about Harry Potter is that it is a series about wizards, but calling it simply "a series about wizards" would be like calling the Lord of the Rings series "a series about a magic ring"; part of the reason why these books have become such a phenomenon is because the story is not only multilayered and intricately woven - with fine plot points that stretch across and weave their way through all of the books - but the story is also written in such a way that it captures the reader and makes each part of each book difficult to put down. Of course (as is the case with any book ever written!), not for everyone will love the Harry Potter series, but if you love to vary the sorts of books you read, and who enjoys anything that is engaging and adventurous, the Harry Potter series is definitely worth giving a chance. Even though these books are categorized as "Children's Books," you will find soon after you begin reading that there is another category these books fall into: lasting classics!