Harry potter legacy: 10 Reasons You Should Watch Harry Potter
‘Now form a line and follow me’, as these words echoed. From Professor McGonagall in the magical stairs leading to the great hall. Us, the harry potter nerds, AKA potter heads, and all the teeny tiny teenagers from Sussex to Alaska followed into the enchanting palace. Little did we know we were all going to become a part of a world. A world that was never heard before, never seen before, and never even thought of before ‘The Wizarding World’.
It’s been twenty years since J.K.Rowling’s star creation made its big-screen debut. Its magic taking over the world and still flourishing immensely. Kids and adults both alike have been drawn to the sorcerer’s world and have been fanatical about it ever since. Do you want to know why people have been so crazy about the Harry Potter series? Are you confused as to whether you should invest your time in them? Don’t worry! We are here to help you! Here are Ten Reasons why you should watch Harry Potter!
1. You, Will, Be One Among Them
If J.K. Rowling has straightforwardly imbibed anything into the hearts of the audience. It was the feeling of engulfing each one of them into the Wizarding family. May it be a father-like figure of Albus Dumbledore, nutty as fruitcake cousins in the form of twins Fred and George Weasley. Or affectionate and true-hearted friends in Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley. We all have aspired for such people to be around us, always.
And it was about both, the actors who played them, and the characters that they played. For someone like Harry who grew up with an unknown haunted past and had a rough childhood at the Dursleys. He found a new family at the age of eleven. And so did we all.
The “Not really” love story
The whole franchise was never loved story-oriented, though it had a few sparks here and there, Rowling always has focused on friendship and strong and close relationships, and she sucked us right into it creating a bond between the characters and the audience.
First, the bond was generated amongst the characters, the ones which we ponder upon even today. Slowly building over the years, just as in it happens with us. Heavy, tough, and closely acquainted relationships. There is always something from each character that strikes or is a bonding source for every individual.
Amongst the character, one notable relationship is such of Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood. There wasn’t anything particularly similar between the two characters but there was a brief moment when we saw them connect with each other on the fact that they could both see Thestrals, and Thestrals could only be seen by someone who has faced death.
2. Oh My God! Hogwarts!
Starting from the late 90’s itself, every pupil in the world had a definite perspective of what a school could and should be like, they are all Muggles, oops sorry, humans after all. And how could you even blame them? The Great Feast, Enchanted ceilings, sorting ceremony, moving staircases, Quidditch, glamorous balls, and did we mention the feast?
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the most exquisite and well-crafted fantasy school that any freshman would want to matriculate in if only we would have received the acceptance letter! Every day at Hogwarts is a stellar experience.
Starting right from traveling to the mysterious castle in the Hogwarts Express departing from platform 93/4 (nine and three quarters) at London’s King Cross station. On arriving at Hogwarts then, the first years are to travel in a ‘magically ferrying on its own boats’ to the castle. The senior students are seen to travel in carriages which are pulled by invisible winged creatures known as the Thestrals.
The very first assignment
The first assignment on reaching Hogwarts is the sorting ceremony. As Professor McGonagall rightfully explains how important these houses are for the students and while you’re here, these houses are like your own family. Houses have been named after the founders of Hogwarts. Gryffindor after Godric Gryffindor, Slytherin after Salazar Slytherin, Ravenclaw after Rowena Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff after Helga Hufflepuff.
The sorting hat decides the fate of the first years as to which house they would belong to. It is a magical talking hat that takes into consideration the different qualities that a student may possess and places them accordingly into the respective houses to which they would-be beneficiaries.
Each house has its own dormitory and a common room which is accessible only to the house members. The talking pictures outside the dormitories ensure that the door to the common room is opened only after you state the magical password. House Ravenclaw had a discreet method to this, the students were to solve a riddle to gain access to their dormitory.
For Hufflepuff, they are required to tap a barrel in the rhythm of ‘Helga Hufflepuff’. Only houses Gryffindor and Slytherin called for a password to be mentioned. As the year goes by, the houses compete against each other for the House cup. The actions and performances of the students affect the points of the particular group.
The Hogwarts subjects
Quidditch is one of the major sources for the rivalry to get underway amongst the houses. The subjects at Hogwarts are supposed to, obviously, enchanted! It provides us, the audience, such relief by not having to watch them undergo economics and social studies!
Though they do have history, it’s the History of Magic! And that can’t be that bad. Other than that they have a variety of fascinating subjects such as Herbology, Potions, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Charms, and flying lessons as well!
The feast at Hogwarts (the third mention of the feast so now you know how crazy we are about the feast at Hogwarts) is incredibly magnificent! Dumbledore waves his hand and every possible cuisine appears on the four long tables in front of the students. Pork chops, mashed potatoes, roast chicken, sausages, bacon, pudding, you name it all. It is just the cream of the crop of Hogwarts!
The school is just not the bewildering castle, but it also has a number of other secret areas as well as well used regions. The Whomping Willow, The Chamber of Secrets, and Forbidden Forest are some of them. The name tags of these places themselves provide us with an intriguing vibe.
The Room of Requirement is another secret entity that appears to someone who is absolutely in need of it. We’ve also heard that for someone (not Albus Dumbledore) who was in an outright emergency (he did not want to use the toilet) the Room of Requirement appeared for the person in need. We also see major use of the Room of Requirement made by Dumbledore’s army in the Order Of The Phoenix.
3. There Is No Other World Such As This
All the adjectives and synonyms in the world put together would not be enough to praise J.K Rowling’s creativity and imagination, screen players Steve Kloves and Michael Goldenberg for transmuting the words of the novels in a way that it could be represented in a 2-d form and patently the directors of the movies:
Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Alfonso Cuaron ( Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban), Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and David Yates (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2).
The magical harry potter books on screen
To read the novel and to imagine the fantasy world is one thing. And to actually exactly see the same thing in front of your eyes is a whole different thing. (Imagine what the people who read the first novel in 1997 and had to wait to watch the movie till 2001 went through). The directors did not even have a sample piece of reference as a base. It was a whole new concept and world to them and it was their job to portray it in that exact manner. (If that didn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will.)
The film set and other aspects
But again Rowling did most of the job beforehand leaving the producers to play with the locations and decors. To create and to design are two different aspects. Rowling created the entire masterpiece in her head. And then the producers gave life to it. Her creativity, inventiveness, and artistry are beyond and above human transcendence.
To devise a whole new world, not even a replica of the earth, a magical world that runs side by side to the muggle world. To name each and every building. And walls, and staircases, and well ahem, chambers (Clapping through our keyboards).
And to design a whole new sport called Quidditch with all aspects and phenomenons of a game (applauding her to the echo).
To put together hundreds of characters, naming them and giving each one a history. That intricately intertwines amongst each other. (standing ovation) Clearly, she had a wand in one hand and magic in her fingers.
4. Reminiscing Characters
Is it the actors? Or is it just the characters? Maybees don’t fly in June! It was both! From teenage novice leads to a star cast, the actors evolved throughout the years, both themselves and the character they played.
And it wasn’t just for the lead three, for actors such as Tom Felton (played Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (played Luna Lovegood), Robert Pattison (played Cedric Diggory), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) the Harry Potter franchise was a stepping stone into the film industry.
Okay, let’s do this step by step, first the characters. Every single one of them was intricately and precisely designed. From a boy who lost his parents to ‘you know who’, to muggle blood-born who is undoubtedly the finest witch. Each character was studied and analyzed and put together so delicately with their past and future colliding and providing us with the perfect plot.
The perfect Story and character development
Beautiful characters with even more beautiful character development. And of course why not, even before Rowling wrote the first book Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997. She had everything mapped out up till the Deathly Hallows. In 1990 she had her first idea of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World. And guess where? At King’s Cross Station (not at platform 93/4) in London when her train traveling from Manchester to London had delayed. (Bow down everyone!)
She spent the next five years planning, drafting, and laying the whole groundwork even before she put the first novel to paper. She knew exactly the first point of reference of Harry Potter, his purpose, and in the end, the prophecy that he was to complete in seven years’ time, all beforehand! Exactly why those characters are still in our hearts. Because she had a clear picture and vision for each one of them for the years to come. So we conclude that the character development was just mesmerizing.
The cast (Perfectly perfect)
Secondly, the actors breathed life into the characters. And once we start the conversation of actors who were breath-taking in the Harry Potter franchise. The first name to pop up is Richard Harris (as Albus Dumbledore in the first two movies; The Sorcerer’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets.
Though after his sad demise in 2002 we saw Michael Gambon continue the legacy of Dumbledore inviting both appreciation and criticism for his performance. Michael Gambon played Dumbledore in all the rest of the movies to come. And in all likelihood, the character of Albus Dumbledore was one of the most prominent and authoritative figures holding such an important role in the growth and maturity of Harry’s Wizarding life.
Another prominent ‘winning our heart performance’ was that of Severus Snape (played by Alan Rickman). Being of pivotal role to the whole plot, his acting and presentation are highly commendable. The character of Severus Snape was probably the most complicated and difficult one to play. (If you know you know!) And Alan Rickman did a pretty pleasing job at that.
5. Stupendous Special Effects
Right from the word go the movie franchise had special effects and CGI written all over it. From humans on flying brooms to gigantic beasts, the movies ran over such a long course of the period especially when there was a significant development in the field of graphics and designing. It is pretty arduous to negatively criticize the graphical work of the movies.
The making of the first harry potter movie
In the initial movies, the demand for adequate special effects was really important, partly because of the demand of the script but also because this was the first time that the world was going to be introduced to Hogwarts and first impressions last. It was necessary that they got the graphics on point so that the audience would feel the magical touch. And they did it, quite satisfactorily.
For a movie shot in 2001, the graphics and CGI were quite up to the mark. Especially Quidditch! The entire sport was a work of art from flying brooms to the Quidditch field, seekers chasing the snitch and the chasers dropping down meters to ground after getting thumped by a Bludger.
The beasts in the first two movies (shush! You know what we mean, but the others don’t), were depicted finely and powerfully, especially the one in Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (*wink wink*). The Dementors were probably one of the most strenuous and flawless special effects of the movies.
The producers used cloth simulation which was shot underwater to naturally present the slow motion, using varied electronic wind sources to move the cloth around in the desired manner. Surely the hours that they might have spent submerged underwater!
Other noteworthy pieces are the scenic shots of Hogwarts and also of Azkaban in the later movies. The final movie Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the most good-looking movie among the rest given the special effects as well. Conceivably the graphic work done in the final part is the compilation of all the growth and development made in the previous decade.
6. It’s The Journey, Not The Destination
From Harry Potter’s opening scene in the Philosopher’s Stone as an eleven-year-old living as a hostile with his muggle aunt and uncle to the final battle scene against Lord Voldemort in the Deathly Hallows, it was a journey, a journey full of ups and downs, filled with joy and sorrow, learning and growing.
It wasn’t just about the destination, of Harry finally facing Voldemort in the final showdown, but it was about growing and maturing into this wonderful personality that he is now.
The story captures our hearts
From a teenager who was the one who lived, he started his journey in Hogwarts under Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall ultimately searching for and finally embracing the power and the courage to fulfill the prophecy. These same aspects are alive in our everyday unmagical world; the unpredictability of life, grasping at straws, pitfalls, villains, guidance, and support in the form of friends and family, and conflicts between light and dark.
But you know happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light! It was indeed a mystical magical journey for all of us at the comfort of our houses, learning and growing along with Harry and the others. Spanning for eight movies, the whole decade was a magical journey for all Potter maniacs.
It’s not just about the movies. First, the books, then the on-screen adaptation, and Rowling also put forward the Fantastic Beasts as a prequel to Harry Potter offering the fans a treat with regard to the various concepts and theories that we first learned about in the Harry Potter series.
Till now two movies of the series have been released: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them & Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald. The unnamed sequel that is the third movie in the series is set to release in 2022. In such a way Rowling has built an incredible and marvelous journey for decades to come.
7. The Front Three
Chris Columbus (director of the first two movies) had an eye on Daniel Radcliffe very early on in the process of auditions. They had all seen Daniel in the BBC’s 1999 version of ‘David Copperfield’. The only problem was Daniel had almost pulled himself out from the try ONs.
Daniel Radcliffe Audition for harry potter
He wasn’t interested and he did not seem to be wanting to be an actor anymore. But you see it is not just our abilities that show who we truly are… it’s our choice! And one night the producer David Heyman ran into Daniel and his father Alan Radcliffe and casually asked him to come and audition for it.
And you know what choice he made, he said okay. Though there were others as well auditioning for the role of Harry and a number of screen tests done, Daniel got the job done locking himself as perhaps the greatest wizard the world could have ever seen.
Emma Watson- The perfect Hermoine
Emma Watson as Hermoine Granger grew through her character. She fulfilled the need of a nerdy teen with bushy hair and buck teeth as it was in the books, but as puberty struck Emma grew out of Hermoine budding into this strong woman with a vigorous personality. Perhaps she came to be known as Emma rather than Hermoine very early on while we still addressed the others by their character’s names.
Rowling has always presented women in the form of compelling characters and always at the forefront in the action rather than waiting on the sidelines to be rescued by the male protagonists. She did that in the form of Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch), Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Carter), and yes Hermione Granger as well.
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley is one of our favorite characters of the Harry Potter series. He is the I’ll always be there for you guy for Harry Potter. Ron was used by Rowling in a very distinct manner. At times he was the one who played the heroic role to save his friends. And at other times he has been this dumb character who provided comic relief.
Quite often we also see a few fallouts between him and his friends, and most of it is because of his own inferiority complex. He’s always been second to Harry. And that’s how it was supposed to be, Harry leading the pack and Ron being his sidekick. But Rowling has beautifully depicted the inferiority complex and its outcome which is typically how it takes place in reality as well. All said and done Ron has always proven his loyalty to his friends and stood by them, hand in hand.
8. Hard-Hitting Dialogues + Quotes
Words are in my not-so-humble opinion our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.
– The Greatest Headmaster that Hogwarts has ever seen (A dialogue to start off the dialogue sub-point that actually speaks about dialogues!)
The words spoken by the characters show and reflect upon their type of behavior and personality. Coming from the books should not take away any credits for them being in the movie, as both the writing and delivery was a fine piece of art. It’s not just all hard-hitting and heart-warming dialogues.
May it be Ron’s classic taciturn replies, or Neville Longbottom’s inarticulate responses, or even Draco Malfoy’s taunts and sneers; all of them contributed in their own way to the overall beautification of the manuscript. The dialogues also showcase the character’s identity and their way of thinking. Umbridge’s dialogue in the Order Of The Phoenix,
Now, it is the view of the Ministry that theoretical knowledge will be more than sufficient to get you through your examination, which, after all, is what school is all about
…expresses the Ministry’s conventional views that Umbridge too holds and also takes a strike at the whole educational system of the world!
9. You Will Become A Part Of The Harry Potter Community
The community that Harry Potter has built over the last two decades is tremendous. From merchandises to fan fiction, the Wizarding World has taken over our Muggle World under the name tag of ‘Potterheads’. You could also become an official member of the Harry Potter Fan Club which is run by Warner Bros and J.K.Rowling.
By being a part of the virtual Wizarding World you gain access to tons of Harry Potter content including an Official Hogwarts Sorting Ceremony on your first arrival. You also enjoy a variety of magical features, quizzes, receive the latest news in the weekly newsletters, and a number of puzzles.
Harry potter theme parks
Universal Studios and Warner Bros have also created the magic to exist in real-life in the form of theme parks. Universal Studios runs the theme park under the name of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’. Which includes different roller coaster rides, walkthrough fascinations, funiculars, and other interactive attractions as well.
There is a Hogwarts Express as a funicular ride, Harry Potter’s unique adventures and magical experiences, Hagrid’s magical creatures & motorbike adventure, and the flight of the Hippogriff is some of the adventuresome joyrides. The Harry Potter Fandom comes together in the form of different fan conventions, foreign tours to the movie locations, and also by participating in a number of cosplays.
The number of fan fiction has gone up on a daily basis with over six lakh stories written by the fanatics just on fanfiction.net. Many of them were welcomed and appreciated by Rowling as well. The rise in the fan following also led to a number of fan sites and blogs being born. J.K.Rowling during the years of the books getting published, recognized, and honored such sites by awarding them a ‘fansite award’ on her official website.
Not just this, the Harry Potter craze has also taken the form of podcasts, offering weekly insights and discussions about the Wizarding World. Some of the podcasts that we suggest for our readers are: “Mugglecast” and “The Real Weird Sisters: A Harry Potter Podcast” to dive in and stay connected with the Harry Potter Community.
10. Life Lessons
May it be Professor Dumbledore’s life lesson quotes or through Harry and his friends, you cannot disagree on the fact that the series provided some genuine life epiphanies for us in the real world. Well, the Weasleys most certainly did show us that supportive siblings can get you through crappy school classes. If anybody was the epitome of punching the right quotes at the right time it would be none other than Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore!
One of his famous sayings was
The world is not split into good and death eaters (bad). We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we chose to act on, that’s who we really are.
(Taking a moment here for the 124th time to sink in the whole phrase).
Fighting our fears
We may not face a Voldemort in our lives (we are all Muggles after all!) But to even win the teeny weeny battles in our life, we need courage and bravery, and humbleness. And J K Rowling has fixated on these qualities immensely. In the reel world, Harry faced troubles. And in the real world, we face troubles. Whenever and wherever Harry faces trouble, there are his true-hearted friends and family right behind his back. And thus Harry always had ‘something worth fighting for’. Which the one who should not be named did not have.
We have always witnessed Harry and his friends trusting their instincts, showcasing immense bravery and courage. And above all, loyalty and love towards the inner circle. One of the lesser focused aspects of the movies is Mental Health.
The Mental health stuff
One of the lesser focused aspects of the movies is Mental Health. Which Rowling slyly managed to sneak in. Take a moment here and think about the Dementors.
For those who are unaware of who they are, Dementors are soul-sucking creatures that are the foulest known beings on Earth. They are used by Azkaban as guards to their prisons. If and when you encounter a Dementor, it will consume all your happy and good emotions. Leaving you with nothing but hopelessness and dark thoughts. Doesn’t that sound like to be anxious and depressed?
J.K. Rowling has herself revealed that the inspiration for Dementors was conceived by her own struggle with depression. And to shield oneself from the Dementors one has to cast the Patronus Charm. Which can only be done with a very very happy memory or thought that you can think of. How beautiful isn’t it?
Another simple life lesson that Harry Potter teaches us is ‘To talk about things’. It’s as easy as that. Over the course of the series we experience and hear the characters referring to Lord Voldemort as ‘he who must not be named’ or ‘you know who’ plainly out of fear for Voldemort.
Even Professor McGonagall lashes out in the Deathly Hallows to Filius saying “And his name is Voldemort. Filius, you might as well use it“. Putting forward the expression to talk it out and not be afraid of the ‘fear’.
In the second movie, the characters facing a Boggart (shapeshifting nonbeing) is another example that shouts out loud ‘face your fears’. The concept of Boggart is simple. It takes the form of the worst fear of the person in front. Whether it be the fear of clowns or a huge ass spider. Everyone has their own fears and to overcome them it is essential that you face them.
Harry Potter is not just words on the page or stills on the screen. It has taken the world over with perfect examples of relationships, portraying the truth that light and dark exist side by side. And it is a means to escape reality for us. It is more than just books and more than just movies. Because Harry Potter is the world that we all dream to live in.
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