"H" was a very easy letter to choose my topic, Harry Potter! I am a huge fan of the books and movies. My kids and I are Harry Potter trivia junkies. We love to play Harry Potter Scene-It, Harry Potter computer/Wii games, and we have Harry Potter movies marathons quite often.
Why has Harry Potter become such a huge phenomenon? According to Tanaqui at Leaky Cauldron.org this is what she has to say...
"Harry Potter has truly influenced the literate world by bringing people of all ages back to reading. He has garnered much attention by expanding people’s imaginations in print and film, bringing a world to life. JKR also tells a good story using a variety of elements to capture a wide range of interests. Publishers, teachers and even authors have capitalized on the teen wizard, to encourage increasing literacy and enjoyment of reading, whether in the classroom or through literature circles, in bookstores with the variety of new books available or when creating new stories, regardless of the genre. Harry Potter is a phenomenon to education and reading."
I know that not everyone loves Harry Potter. I do know that Jo Rowling has changed the world of literature in a positive way. As a teacher, I saw personally how children who never wanted to read before couldn't get enough of the Harry Potter books. Yes it has become a big marketing tool, but at the same time it is something that has pulled the generations together. I know many parents and children that enjoy reading the books and watching the movies together.
Whether you like the books or movies you have to admit, Jo Rowling and Harry Potter has changed our world. To me, I feel that this change has been for the good. Long live Harry Potter!