It was one of those hot june afternoons a few years back……Summer holidays were going on …. Projects were pending …who cares……. I was lazily surfing through different channels ….. bored of the summer holidays …… Suddenly a 60 feet monster with something like a deformed baseball bat in his hand zoomed in front of my eyes ….. He was on his way to destruction when one of those weird looking kids poked his stick into that monster’s nose …. and the other one muttered something like “Wingardium Laviosa” …. and the monster was a goner ……then there appeared few more of those crazy guys …. and one old lady amidst them muttered few words like “detention” and “points”……I was completely baffled…….It failed to extract interest out of me at the outset…….but I continued with the movie…….. Bit by bit I started feeling the inclination towards the movie and as I approached the last scene my point of view flipped 180 ……….. that was my first encounter with J K Rowling’s world of Witchcraft and Wizardy ……… Next day , in my school library I got my hands around the first book of Harry Potter’s series …. Philosopher’s Stone …. The magic in the book , platform number 9¾ , magical creatures , death eaters , friendship between ron , harry and hermione , quidditch and the Dark Lord appeared so real ….. Rowling knew how to play with the pen ….. The complete book was just magical ….. far amazing than the movie ….. Magic inside the book didn’t allow me to drift my eyes even for a moment……and by the time I read last word of last page I was already a part of the millions of people across the globe who were hypnotised by amazing world of Harry Potter ……
Five months after publication the initial book won its first award, a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. In February, the novel won the prestigious British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year, and later, the Children’s Book Award. The Mail on Sunday rated it as “the most imaginative debut since Roald Dahl“; a view echoed by the Sunday Times (“comparisons to Dahl are, this time, justified”), while The Guardian called it “a richly textured novel given lift-off by an inventive wit” and The Scotsman said it had “all the makings of a classic”.
In 2001 a film based on the book was released and after becoming the highest grossing film ever in the UK it went on to earn $976.5 million at the worldwide box office making it the second highest grossing film in history at the time. As of 2008, it is the fourth highest-grossing film of all-time, behind Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Further films based on the subsequent books have made Harry Potter the highest grossing film series of all time, ahead of the James Bond and Star Wars franchises. The success of the series and its tie-in merchandise, have led the Harry Potter brand to be valued at $15 billion, and J.K. Rowling becoming the UK’s richest woman, thought to be worth more than one billon US dollars.
Though the fantasy of Hogwarts has now ended with Lord Voldemort and the Deathly Hallows …… still those seven magical books …… with all the elements of pathos , tragedy , comedy . romance , sacrifices , friendship , and finally the win of the right over the wrong …….appear so real and amazing that a muggle like me can’t help but to read them again and again …….