Prisha Lekhak

The Limitless World Beyond Anyone’s Imagination.

We’ve been brought up in a world where we study, eat, sleep, work, earn money and repeat. It’s just the way life is. Maybe some extra stuff but still, you’ve got to admit that it can be pretty boring and predictable. And titles like time travelling, alternate dimensions, aliens, fantasies and deep mysteries have always managed to pull me towards them. And in my journey, I stumbled upon a world, which is beyond anyone’s imagination, the world which has captivated a millions fantasy-lovers like me around the world, The Wizarding World aka Harry Potter.

The author of the Harry Potter series is J.K Rowling, also the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Ickabog, Quidditch through the ages, The Cuckoo’s Calling, Career of Evil etc. The Harry Potter series had also been awarded many prizes like FCBG Children’s Book Award 1997 Overall winner and Longer Novel Category, Birmingham Cable Children’s Book Award 1997 Young Telegraph Paperback of the Year 1998 etc. The books are also a movie series.

There are 7 books in the Harry Potter series but some people also take Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as the 8th book which is actually a screen play but can be regarded as the 8th book in the series. The book is set in Britain and especially in Hogwarts, which is a boarding school for witches and wizards. The series is said from Harry’s perspective. According to Rowling, the main theme in Harry Potter is death, prejudice, corruption and madness.

Harry’s life was miserable with his uncle and aunt. They had forced him to sleep in the cupboard under the stairs; they hated his guts. Harry was completely different than his uncle and cousin, who both were fat and blonde, his aunt boney and tall and Harry, who was black haired, wore spectacles and was real skinny. He hated them and they hated him right back. It was because Harry’s parents were Wizards and in their view, different and ‘’abnormal’’.

The Dursleys were Muggles, which is a term for a non-magic person. They were afraid that Harry might carry the same magical powers like his parents so they shut him out and never let him find about his parents. It all had to change in Harry’s 11th birthday when a mysterious visitor explains how Harry is a wizard; he doesn’t belong in the Muggle world and had come to take Harry to his new school and home, Hogwarts. And the moment he stepped foot into the Wizarding World, all eyes were on him, he was the Harry Potter, who had survived the greatest Dark Lord’s Killing Curse. Yes, there is a villain, Lord Voldemort.

The greatest Dark Wizard in the Wizarding world who wants to become immortal and rule the entire world but when Harry is born, a prophecy says that Harry would be the one to stop Voldemort on his way to immortality.

When Voldemort finds out about it, he plans to kill Harry who was just a year old at the time but his mom stands between Voldemort and Harry. Although Voldemort kills Harry’s mom in just a flick of his wand, he is unable to kill Harry. Instead the killing curse rebounds upon Voldemort who becomes weak after that and isn’t seen for quite some time.

Harry didn’t use any spell or counter curse against Voldemort, it was his mother’s love that protected him. In his school, Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he is having the best time of his life and finally doesn’t have to bottle up his magical powers anymore, but there is a whole way of adventure waiting ahead.

The rest of the series flies by Harry going through adventures, unraveling mysteries, bonding with one of his parent-figures, Albus Dumbledore, and cheating death every year accompanied by his two best friends, Ron and Hermione to destroy Voldemort which at last, they definitely succeed.

I had heard a lot about Harry Potter since it is the all time best selling series and one day when I tried it, I was completely fascinated. It has got endless possibilities which will make us see everything in a new way and anyone reading it is sure to be obsessed. I love how it is so unique and carries different emotions and cliffhangers at certain points with thousands of mysteries to solve. And the more you keep reading the more you will learn about the mysteries and more you will want to dig. All ages will enjoy the books but especially for the ages of 9 to 12.