Almost 23 years ago, we came across a little boy living under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging. Ever since we have not stopped admiring him. From crying over Fred's death to randomly saying " it's LeviOsa, not LevioSA" Harry Potter has always been close to our hearts. You would be lying if you say you have never played the "Which Hogwarts house are you in?" game and if you say you have never wished for Umbridge to die. As Harry Potter's 40th birthday is around the corner. So once again let's take a look at five reasons why the story of the boy who lived lives forever.
• Words that will never leave us
Along with the story and characters, JK Rowling left us with dozens of quotes and words that we will never forget. Lines like “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” or "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” and many more will always be with us. The magic of these words is so powerful that they light up the eyes of every Potterhead.
• The extent of imagination
Fans have a theory that JK Rowling is actually Rita Skeeter, Journalist from Hogwarts who was banished and hence came to the muggle world to expose the wizards. A bit crazy, right? Well, it isn’t insanely far fetched according to the fans. They believe, how else would one create a world so vibrant? People often get flabbergasted when they get to see the extent of Rowling's imagination. Whether it's Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Magic Spells, or The Knight Bus. Every inch of imagination seems so accurate that they will give you chills.
• Conveying strong social messages
Feminism has been a strong theme throughout all the Harry Potter books. Not even a single female character was weak, prissy, or girly. Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Molly Weasley were no less than any male wizard. The series also talks about sacrifice, loss, and the fact that “no matter how much we try we can't hold onto things.” It took Harry a lot of courage to get over the fact that so many people died because of him. But then Dumbledore not only taught Harry but also taught us not to pity the dead, but to pity the living, and above all pity the ones who live without love.
• The cryptic hints
Throughout the series, there were several disguised and irrefutable pointers that made us amaze by the phenomenal writing and plot building of Rowling. In Prisoners of Azkaban, Trelawney refused to dine with Dumbledore by stating a theory that " when 13 dine together the first to rise will be the first to die". In Order of Phoenix, 13 are dining together with Sirius being the first to stand. * Sob, sob. * This superbly amazing writing with cryptic hints was definitely a treat for readers.
• Power of Love
The story of The boy who lived under the stairs began with love and perhaps ended with it too. It was Lily's love that He-who-must-not-be-named's spell backfired and Harry became The Boy who Lived. It was Dumbledore's, Sirius', and the entire Hogwarts' love for Harry that The Dark Lord was defeated. But above all what actually gave us a heartache was the greatest unrequited love story of the much-hated potion master of Hogwarts. Every PotterHead's eyes well up to the fact that Life was unfair to Severus Snape. It still aches when we see the scene of Snape crying while clutching Lily's body, when his Patronus took the form of her doe, when he said to Harry, "You have her eyes", and when he responded to "After all this time?" with "Always"...
Sob, Sob. I am not crying. You are.