The Magic of Harry Potter – #AtoZChallenge 2019

They say books can change a life. I know that that’s true. Looking at the letter H for the challenge, I had three or four options. But only one of those had really changed my life. That’s why the Harry Potter series gets the spotlight yet again on this blog. I have read the series so often that I even did an AtoZ on the series in 2016 and was thinking about a second round on it this year.

The Harry Potter series has seven books that fall into the fantasy genre. It is the story of Harry Potter, a wizard, who has grown up in the guardianship of his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon, along with their son Dudley. On his eleventh birthday, Harry discovers his magical heritage and goes with the half-giant Hagrid to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The series focuses on his friendship with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, as well as his past, present and future with nemesis Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who wants to take control of the magical world. The Dark Lord though is without his powers in the first four of the books, having lost it while trying to kill Harry when he was a baby. Each book covers one year at wizarding school, and brings a different adventure.

Of memories, magic and meaning…

I discovered the series through my school library. I found the third book The Prisoner of Azkaban first and read that, then read the whole series in chronological order. If you ask me now what attracted me to the books, I wouldn’t know. Maybe it was the school setting, or the characters. It might even have been a temptation to fall in with classmates who were raving about it. But once I got started, I couldn’t stop. For Harry, who lost his family when Voldemort murdered them, and who hasn’t really known love with his guardians the Dursleys, the magical world became his family. The book has many characters I love, like Molly Weasley, Lupin, Hedwig and Dobby. It has truly despisable villains like Umbridge and Bellatrix. I’m not focusing on the main characters, but the supporting cast. There are spells that are meaningful, that make sense when I look at it from a personal perspective as well. There are potions like Felix Felicis and the Polyjuice Potion which are interesting. I could understand something deeper in those too. I loved the game of Quidditch, especially in the third and fourth books. And not to mention Honeydukes and the sweets there. I’ve often imagined myself walking down the lanes of Diagon Alley, awestruck and window shopping at the various shops. I’ve been to Hogsmeade and drank Butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks. I’ve felt the chill as a dementor has come nearby. And I’ve definitely imagined having some Galleons, Sickles and Knuts in a vault at Gringotts.

A spell of Hope…

The books might be fictional, but I think they have a big part to play in how one sees life. This series in particular provided light when it seemed like the darkness in life would never end. Whether it is through my understanding of the story or whether it is through the quotes that are there in the book, I’ve found hope many a time in these pages. It is one I turn to often, having read the books perhaps twenty times each, maybe more. I’ve even watched the movies based on the books multiple times. I’ve recommended it to few friends who hadn’t read it, and they’ve read it and loved it. I’ll leave you with a quote I’ve loved…

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.”

This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.

Liked this? Read some of my earlier posts written about Books.

Vinay Leo R.
09. 04. 2019

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

10 thoughts on “The Magic of Harry Potter – #AtoZChallenge 2019”

  1. A wonderful series indeed, books and films alike. I’ve also read the books over and over. The series didn’t exist when I was in high school, so this makes me feel OLD! 🙂

    Just one thing you might like to correct – Harry’s uncle was Vernon, not Quentin.

    H Is For Harry Harrison and Barbara Hambly
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    • Some of my friends read the books in their late 30s, Sue, so it’s never too late to read I feel. It’s magical, literally and metaphorically. 🙂

      Made the correction, I was very tired while writing the post, but still surprised that I made the error!

  2. I love Harry Potter although I was late to the party. I thought of it as a kid’s book until after I watched the movies and then I just had to read them and I’m so glad I did

  3. I discovered Harry Potter when I was in my mid thirties. Imagine! All the craze around it when it first released sort of put me off but once I started it, I craved for more everytime.
    There’s a strange way in which Harry takes a piece of your heart and makes you feel for him. His friendship with Ron and Hermione is really sweet. I foolishly said Avada Kedavra to a cockroach once, using a ladle in place of a wand. 😂


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