After the last book of the series has been published seven years ago, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter has become one of the best-sold young adult fantasy books of all times. This magic realm doesn’t introduce only wizards with powerful wands, but also elements that exist nowhere other than in Rowling’s bestseller books. There are moving staircases, flying broomsticks, magic potions, evil wizards, and even short romantic moments that allow the reader to sink deeper into this fictive yet absolutely fantastic universe created by the author.

Set into an alternative timeline, Harry Potter is the story of a wizard who doesn’t even know he’s a wizard until strange happenings start occurring. When he receives an official invitation to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, his life suffers an amazing change – he makes new friends, starts learning to do magic, and discovers new ways of fighting evil forces, with the dark, power-obsessed Lord Voldemort as his main enemy. Of course, his journey isn’t a simple, to-the-point one. In the first novel of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry gets a wand that’s the twin of Voldemorts’, purchases all materials needed for becoming a student at Hogwarts, and gets a new pet – Hedwig the white owl. In the second novel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry has to face a basilisk, and fight Voldemort, who has taken his teenage form of Tom Riddle in an attempt to kill him.

It’s needless to mention that, starting with the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry finally becomes a grownup, and he eventually learns about Sirius Black, deemed to be a dangerous criminal when he was, in fact, Harry’s godfather. Not only does he learn more about his parents, but he also acquires new spells, and participates in Quidditch games as well. As for the fourth novel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry takes part in the Triwizard Tournament, competing against two of the most influential magic schools, Beauxbatons Academy, and Durmstrang Institute. The following three books are probably the most interesting since they focus on saving the world from Voldemort. More and more troubles show up for our hero, though, as he needs to face a new headmaster instead of the wise Albus Dumbledore, fight Voldemort’s faithful servants, and even start looking for and destroying the horcruxes, those objects that house Voldemort’s soul in order to successfully kill him once and for all.

The plot of the novels is outstanding, featuring characters that have unique and intriguing personalities, with roles that matter more or less to how Harry needs to act to fight the Dark Lord. Rowling made the whole series look extremely real by adding elements that are based on real-life witchcraft, having been deemed to promote Wicca, a modern, pagan religion. To top that off, Rowling herself engaged in very extensive research on occult beliefs, mythology, and folklore in order to create material for her books.

From the first novel and right to the last, the story gets more and more complex in a step-by-step, gradually unfolding manner that allows the character to learn more about the moment when he was born, as well as how to defeat the Dark Lord. The number of spells created by Rowling is huge, and while some can help wizards defend themselves (Expelliarmus), others can open doors (Alohomora), inflict pain (Crucio), conjure a patronus (Expecto Patronus), make someone obey to commands (Imperio), or even kill someone (Avada Kedavra).

Many of the potions turn out to have hilarious effects on the drinkers – and a good example is the babbling potion, which makes the drinker speak nonsense. It’s no doubt that children from all over the world wish to become wizards after reading the Harry Potter series, as the writing style is friendly, inviting, and subtly pursues the reader to keep reading. As a matter of fact, the Harry Potter audiobooks have become very popular as well, especially for those children who are unable to read properly yet, or for those who read the novels once, and would like to remember about them.

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