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The Harry Potter global phenomenon - do you class it as a part of your life?

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Harry Potter has since became such an a global phenomenon that it’s hard to see the full scope what it accomplished over the years. J.K. Rowling was an unknown single mom when she first got the idea for her story while stuck on a train; the small UK children’s press that ultimately took a chance on it undoubtedly couldn’t have predicted that it would have a measurable effect on everything it touched. Now one of the biggest forces in pop culture, it changed the way that businesses published books for kids.

It’s remarkable that Harry Potter was rejected from no less than nine different publishers in the UK (all of whom rue the day, to be sure). Little finally got the manuscript into the hands of an agent at Bloomsbury, and they bought the rights for something like 2,000 pounds.

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in the UK on June 30, 1997. The books were around for a long time before Harry Potter. But JK Rowling turned book consumption, especially for children, into something close to addiction. You want proof? The UK release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 was timed at 3.45pm to prevent children in England and Wales from skipping school to get their copy. The later books got HUGE but it didn't stop kids devouring them. Grown-ups got hooked too, with the books being released in adult-friendly covers. The book releases themselves became headline news: when the fourth book Goblet of Fire came out in 2000, booksellers around the world got together to coordinate the first ever global midnight launch.

 

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I'll admit, I was a later comer to the Harry Potter series. Believe it or not, it wasn't till I saw promo advertising for Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban at my first job. Now, don't get me wrong I had seen Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets when they came out on DVD! (Not Bluray). But I didn't like the movies, I didn't 'get it'. So after looking through the promo advertising it looked far more interesting, plus the fact that Hermione (Emma Watson) was my age, she looked pretty. I bought the DVD, took it home that evening, setup the DVD and TV, sat down and watched it.... I LOVED IT! From that day forth I've been hooked. Despite your own preferences, is widely known as the best film in the series. (Just saying)

 

I was a part of the generation that truly grew up with harry potter...

 

The characters were around my age and I just loved the magical world, I was hooked! I remember making friends over the years and sharing stories, theories and bickered countless hours over how the screenwriters left out seemingly crucial scenes from the books, or how the actors playing the three leads just weren’t cutting it, or how impossible it is to ever recreate on the screen the universe that we’ve designed in our heads over all the years of reading the series.

 

In the early 2000's Harry Potter was alive and breeding on the Internet, thanks to fan sites such as ' the-leaky-cauldron ', '  mugglenet ' & of course the famous veritaserum.com - forums. Potter Web masters Emerson Spartz of Leaky Cauldron and Melissa Anelli of Mugglenet agree that between 2000 and 2003 the Potter galaxy exploded again, from publishing phenomenon to cultural phenomenon.

 

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So when someone says that Harry Potter changed the world, it’s not exactly an exaggeration. I'm sure I speak for many who believe that Harry Potter is simply a part of their lives.

 

Thoughts?

 

Do you think this sort of phenomenon will ever happen again in our lifetimes?

 

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haejuahn

I think it's a world phenomenon for sure. Maybe not everybody loves HP but people definitely know HP. It was the movie the one that got me. The first movie, they aired it on TV already. HP was the one who introduced me to the fantasy world and until today it's really hard to find something that can be the series.

On 25/02/2020 at 05:11, Dumbledore said:

Do you think this sort of phenomenon will ever happen again in our lifetimes?

Yes, I hope so!

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xEmmaberryx

It's such a world phenomenon, and there will be so many generations that grow up with it and having the magic incorporated into their lives. And I'm sure like some parents introduced the world of Star Wars to their kids, we'll be doing the same with Harry Potter.

It was so revolutionary and I doubt something like it will be replicated in the near future. However, as times change, and the books and films become more and more dated, I'm sure in our lifetime there will be something new that replicates the enormous success this franchise has had.

 

The Philosopher's Stone got me into reading long books, back in early 2009, and it was the film HP film I remember watching as a small child. Are they my favourites now? I don't think so, but they hold a special place in my heart as my introduction into the Wizarding World.

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moonlightwishes

Oh yes, the Harry Potter phenomenon was definitely a part of my life. I remember getting the magazines, and going on Time for Kids at school and seeing the huge feature on Harry Potter because that's when the first movie came out. Then, going on Time for Kids to see all things Harry Potter later at my after school program and at the houses of friends who had computers at home. There was also a Harry Potter website before Pottermore. I remember reading all the books and seeing all the movies when they first came out (that HUGE wait for the Order of the Phoenix).

 

Harry Potter is a huge chunk of my life, and part of who I am.

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Morris Miller

Absolutely a world  phenomenon. I have been a fan for so long. As with Star Wars when I was younger,  HP has become such an awesome adventure for me.

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Dumbledore
8 hours ago, Morris Miller said:

Absolutely a world  phenomenon. I have been a fan for so long. As with Star Wars when I was younger,  HP has become such an awesome adventure for me.

Are you a big star trek fan? My mum loves the series which in turn got me into the TV series. Next Generation is my favourite by far.

Also, have you seen the new StarTrek/Gate forum that someone has made on the IPS community?

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azkabanshee

It's definitely a world  phenomenon - and yet, it's very personal to those of us who love it so much, because I think we all have our own specific reasons why the story (and the characters) means so much.

 

I was adopted at birth. I didn't meet my biological mother until I was around 13 years old. I was not treated well by my adoptive mother (and that's putting it mildly) but my adoptive father was one of the kindest, most loving people I've ever known. I can't help but identify with Harry a bit, growing up in an uncomfortable situation with no knowledge of his background or immediate family. I think, somewhere in my mind, I always hoped there was a Hogwarts waiting for me, some magical story that I was connected to that was bigger than me and my own uncomfortable situation.

 

To this day, I only know my biological mother's side of the family. My adoptive father (who was my best friend in the world and the person I most trusted) was killed in a car accident 12 years ago and it drew a line through my entire life - there was life before, and after my world fell apart. In The Deathly Hallows, when Harry stared into the cupboard he used to sleep in all those years ago, I felt that moment pierce my psyche, because I know that line exists for him, too... before he knew about his magical past, and now, as he surely feels he is possibly marching towards his death because of it. I think we all have those lines that cut through our lives for different reasons. I love Harry Potter because, even though it is riddled (see what I did there? ; ) with tragedy, it is also a symbol of hope and how powerful we all truly are, even if we don't always feel it.

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