Why is Harry so Darn Popular?

Scratching the Surface

Hello dear Potterheads, Spaceman here yet again rustling up something Potter-Esque for you to have an experience that hopefully contains magic, mirth and mystery. In this piece I attempt to ask of Harry Potter magic a mysterious question that will not be easy to answer. But I, as a dedicated fan, will do my best to at least scratch the surface of.

The query of which is:

Why is Harry Potter so darn popular?

Now the obvious answer to this enigmatic truth finding message is that people are devoted to Pottermania because they can relate to it. What do I mean by this? I am of course not saying that they relate to seeing reflections of themselves in the literal look at the tales, but rather in what they represent to them. For example, it has been said that Harry was intentionally made to not be a perfect character because folks can relate to imperfection.

Searching While in NYC

I know that I, Spaceman am not perfect, so that as an answer makes sense to me. It is nice to see another individual who makes mistakes just as I do. In fact, this whole analytical examination is very imperfect in itself. I have to admit I’m getting insecure writing about a worldwide pop culture phenomenon when I am merely a writer of an “unauthorized” Harry Potter fan club site here in NYC?!

It’s a Beautiful World

Clearly I am hesitating with moving forward to address this question. J.K. Rowling gets “cred” for imagining and then putting on paper such a beautiful world. And none know the beauty of this world more than us Potterheads.


If I was to dig deep within my “inner fan” I would come back with a response that Harry Potter is symbolic of searching that all of us go through in our lives. We are searching for something wonderful and have to face the same negativity that Harry does along the way.

Fun Fact

I have never revealed this before on this series, but I, Spaceman, have a friend who is also a Potterhead. This person loves the series. And as a friend I was first shown the wonderful world of Potter by this friend and was instantly hooked. I think this made my friend feel good. And I in turn introduced Potter to others, which made me feel good. The positivity of sharing could be a part of the answer.

Growing Up Potter

I am going to make what might seem like a wild stab at an answer. I am going to state that I believe a possible draw for people is that the characters and concepts resonate with those who  experienced the evolution of Potter. A specific group in particular are those who literally grew up themselves as the characters in Harry Potter did, one book at a time. A reflection of their own trials and tribulations while looking in a Potter mirror. These individuals then passed the experience on to others.

Final Thoughts

I leave you now with one word that I feel sums up why the Harry Potter series is so popular: relatability.

Harry Potter is Everywhere in New York

Not to Be

I Spaceman was devastated when the Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”  had to close due to COVID-19. I had tickets with great seats but my experiencing of this theatrical production was not to be. Saying I was “bummed” is an understatement.

Harry Potter Presence

But thankfully even in the thick of the Coronavirus lockdowns, Harry Potter is everywhere in New York. True, I am tapped into Potter while being in quarantine, but I can still at least vicariously enjoy the presence of Harry Potter in our great city.

Our Great City

The photo included with this post is a random New York fan on his laptop. But as you can see, on the wall next to him is HP’s famous symbol. Expressions of fandom are happening all over Manhattan. In fact, I am noticing via the internet that fans and their love of J.K. Rowling’s masterful series is only getting more intense than ever as we all wait out the deadly disease.

Will Magic Save Us?

According to Forbes, the New York City lockdown is costing 173 million dollars per day. People are slowly stepping out of their apartments after nearly three months of being caged with many being participants of the ongoing protest demonstrations. They are not implementing Social Distancing. Can Potter’s magic save them from not getting COVID-19?

Spreading the Word

The official reopening of the Big Apple is tomorrow, Monday June 8th. I don’t know if I am going to venture from my apartment at that time. We’ll see. But one thing for sure is that when I do, I will spread the word of Harry Potter!