Harry Potter and the Power of Friendship
Since the release of the first book in the Harry Potter series, The Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling’s magical world has taken our muggle world by storm. The books’ great popularity were capped with the success of a movie franchise and millions of books sold. There is no denying that it has been one of the most impressive youth book series’ since C.S. Lewis’ penned The Chronicles of Narnia.
So what makes the Harry Potter books so great? In the very first story we learn what the whole series is going to be built on. Besides the wonderful world that is created through places like Hogwarts (Harry’s Wizardry School) or the powerful description of characters like the Dursleys, there is a great theme that connects the magical world into magic we can have in our lives.
Harry builds friendships with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in the first book and those are key to the whole series. All three characters are perfect examples of misfits, similarly to the way we all feel like misfits in our daily lives. Harry is an orphan, Ron is poor and red headed, and Hermione is from a non-magical family. There stories leave each of them feeling like they may not belong at Hogwarts, and that they may never really be good magicians. However, these three twelve year old kids are able to band together and defeat a powerful sorcerer named Voldemort. It is the classic David versus Goliath plotline, but what makes it special is that in the climax of the story all of the characters need each other to survive. Each of them realizes their own skills and what makes each of them great. They are also all willing to sacrifice for each other to make sure that their friends survive. (more…)
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