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