After All This Time? Always.
22 years. That’s how long many of us have been wistfully awaiting our Hogwart’s letter to be delivered by owl.
That’s right folks, it’s been 22 magical, adventurous, and highly anticipated years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone for the American readers) hit the shelves. To say JK Rowling’s debut novel created a cultural phenomenon is the understatement of the century. The opening of Harry’s story blew up which resulted in seven books, eight movies, theme park attractions at Universal Studios, never ending merchandise, fan fictions galore, games, and the list goes on.
However, the most important thing Harry Potter and JK Rowling accomplished is sparking people all over the world to learn the love of reading. Reading parties and midnight book releases lead to a whole generation of kids developing a deep seeded love of stories and using their imaginations.
For those who need a quick refresher (look, we’re all getting old and forget things), Harry’s story centers around his years at the wizarding school Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and his fateful ties with the darkest wizard to grace modern times, Lord Voldemort.
The Harry Potter effect doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon either. Facebook groups, running clubs, organized meet ups at the theme parks are all still going strong. There was also renewed interest with the announcement and subsequent release of the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them films and the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. These films and stage productions were an instant transportation back to Rowling’s magical universe that many of us have been aching for since the 2007 finale of Harry’s story in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
So while many of us are mind blown at the passing of time since we first entered the Great Hall at Hogwarts, or were annoyed by Harry’s instant nemesis, Draco Malfoy, there is a whole new generation of fans growing up with Potter culture all around them. Rowling’s series holds the test of time and the kids of today are still as obsessed with the magic as we all have been for the past 22 years.
After all, in the words of JK Rowling, “The stories we love best do live in us forever so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Words: Liz Whitmarsh | Photos: Harry Potter on Instagram