Dear Quiet Minds,
On July 21, 2007, we were blessed with the release of the last Harry Potter book, also known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This year marks ten years after the Battle of Hogwarts and still Muggles all around the world remain enticed by the wizarding world of Harry Potter that J.K. Rowling created twenty years ago. I remember growing up with Harry, Ron and Hermione throughout my adolescence. Like many others, I desperately awaited the arrival of my fictitious Hogwarts letter and constantly took quizzes to see which house I would be sorted into, what Animagus I would transform into or what my Patronus would be. As I read J.K. Rowling’s every word, I could imagine myself walking down Diagon Alley to pick out my wand or stopping by Fred and George’s joke shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. The thought of drinking Butterbeer at Hogsmeade or eating Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean on the Hogwarts Express brought me so much joy.
The Boy Who Lived. Who knew those words would change our lives forever, linking people together from all around the world and creating an unfathomably large fanbase that would never falter despite the passing years. It’s amazing to see how J.K. Rowling was able to create something so original through the magic of her words. She represents the success of a quiet mind. She wrote for years, living in a magical world all alone as she kept Harry a secret. She wrote sections of her novel by hand, keeping a list of every character and even writing backstories for multiple characters that we never even heard of in the books. Even when the movies were being filmed and actors wanted to know what happened to their characters, she would maintain various plot twists a secret. In an interview, she even admitted to keeping certain parts of her book a secret from her husband. As she built and cultivated this wizarding world, she remained very quiet thus making the books even more extraordinary upon their release. I think one of J.K. Rowling’s largest successes was the way she created her magic system through the use of simple logic, making it completely believable. She delved into her imagination with no parachute and produced a story that touched multiple hearts.
Another success of hers was her ability to create multi-faceted characters. None were either fully good or bad. They all had their secrets and surprises which truly kept everyone on the edge of their seats. Rowling created strong, beautiful friendships that supported each other until the very last page. Without the help of Ron and Hermione, Harry would have never been introduced to the power of love and friendship. Rowling also created the loving Weasley family, the wise Albus Dumbledore and an extended family for Harry through Lupin, Sirius and many other characters. As the series progressed, Harry’s story become more dark with the introduction of the Dementors, which reflected Rowling’s views on life and death. Despite these dark moments, Rowling made sure to maintain humor within her novels which truly filled the books with everything a reader could want. Rowling ultimately showed the world that if a mother’s love saved a child from the darkest wizard of all time, then what can be more powerful than love in this world. It’s such a beautiful message that popularized reading amongst adolescents and taught children to love family, never stray from the imagination within themselves and be happy. As Dumbledore once said, “happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light”. And J.K. Rowling turned on that light for many.
Overall, I want to thank J.K. Rowling for Harry’s bravery, Hermione’s intelligence and Ron’s humor for without them, my life would be much duller. As I reread this series this year, nostalgia and appreciation poured into my heart. I have found that as I read, Dumbledore tells me everything I need to hear. All the hidden messages and magic coalesced in every chapter fills me with an overwhelming sense of joy to have witnessed the innerworkings of J.K. Rowling’s quiet mind.
Although it has been long since the last book was released, the story will never die.
For we were with Harry way before the Battle of Hogwarts and will remain with him until the very end.
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