As part of Read-A Series in September month I’ve asked several bloggers if they’d like to write guest posts about their favourite series. This weeks post is from Lucie of The Book Girl, a fab new YA blog you must check out, Over to you Lucie:
What is it about the Harry Potter series that is so fantastic? For me, it’s the story-telling. JK Rowling has managed to write seven fantastic books all of which I manage to lose myself in easily. There is nothing I liked better than getting back into Harry, Ron and Hermoine’s wizarding world and no matter how many times I re-read the series, it’s always as good as the first time I read it.
I must admit I was late into reading the Harry Potter books and managed to read the first five before having to wait, like everyone else, for the final two books, to see how it all ended. It was a difficult wait, because I was so into the series that I just wanted to read the last two books as quickly as possible. Unlike the majority of the population, though, I was satisfied with how Harry Potter ended. The ‘Epilogue’ of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may not have been what everyone was expecting but I liked it and I thought it ended the series perfectly.
I don’t know how JK Rowling has done it, but she’s managed to create such a great wizarding world that it’s become a firm favourite of children and adults alike. Everyone is able to join Harry’s plight as he tries to stop the evil Lord Voldemort along with friends Ron and Hermione and the adventures they embark on are always hugely enjoyable (and just a bit scary). To see the three youngsters go from being shy 11-year-olds to becoming world-saving 18-year-olds is quite something and we’re there every step of the way, rooting for them and hoping they can pull off the seemingly impossible.
Hogwarts, of course, plays a huge part throughout the Harry Potter books and it’s the kind of school any child would love to go to. It’s the focal point of everything that happens, in every single book, and it is, in itself, its very own character. But what is Hogwarts without its matriarch Professor Dumbledore? Quite possibly the greatest wizard ever to live? A man who helps Harry throughout and is more like a parent to him that the Dursley’s, his Aunt and Uncle whom he stays with each summer. In fact, all who reside at Hogwarts are like family to Harry, despite how twee that may sound.
The battles throughout each and every Harry Potter book are legendary and some stay in the mind longer than others. The amount of deaths is mind-boggling (particularly in Deathly Hallows) but there’s also romance, friendship and the battle of good vs. evil which is undoubtedly the biggest battle of them all. The question is, who will win out? Despite everything Harry manages to get through, there’s always a question mark over whether he will indeed survive. These books are must-read books for any book fan, because the fact is the books appeal to people of all ages; young children, teenagers, adults, and you’re certainly missing out if you haven’t yet read the Harry Potter books.
Thanks Lucie! You can check our Lucie’s blog, The Book Girl Here