It has been twenty years since the first Harry Potter book was published, and we are still not over it. The wonder and magic that J.K. Rowling created in her novels has truly stood the test of time and changed lives all over the world. If you still have never read Harry Potter and are wondering if it actually lives up to the hype, believe me when I say that it exceeds any expectations you could ever have, and I will tell you why.
The characters that Rowling has created are diverse and complicated, with intricate friendships, mentorships, and feuds. They are each magical and charming in their own respect. Even without context clues, it is easy to tell which character is speaking, due to the unique voices Rowling gives each of them.
On top of the intricate and firecracker characters, Rowling’s settings are just as rich and lush. The Hogwarts castle is a never-ending maze that the audience continues to learn about through the last book. The shocking twists and turns around the Hogwarts grounds and in the castle are mesmerizing. Besides Hogwarts, Rowling has created dozens of other colorful settings, along with the plot lines she conjures up.
It is extremely difficult to keep a series going, especially for seven books, but Rowling manages this magnificently. Not only is the plot unpredictable, but it also thickens and grows as it goes on. You fall in and out of love with characters you would never expect, and mourn characters you would never hope to.
While reading the Harry Potter books, your heart will soar with magic and wonder and ache with empathy for the characters. If you have never tried to read the entire Harry Potter series, it should be the first thing on your to-do list during your next break from school.