A bestselling fantasy book and film series written by English author J.K. Rowling.
Originally intended to be a children's book series. However, the intelligent and whimsical world of a boy who's miserable life suddenly transforms around him into an epic journey through a fantastic world of wizards, witches and mystical creatures
, where every aspect (regardless of how small) is magical,
has attained the incredibly rare achievement of accessibility
to readers of any age.
The central story follows Harry Potter as he attends the wizarding
school Hogwarts, located outside of Hogsmeade, Scotland.
The stories revolve around Harry's
interaction and exploration of a world parallel to our own, filled with magical foods, vehicles, monsters and sports.
primary challenge and danger, lies in the return of a powerful, old enemy who had destroyed Harry's immediate family. Leaving him marked by a scar on his forehead.
Each of the seven books in the series represents a single "year" at Hogwarts. Each containing an episodic challenge that is to be overcome, whilst maintaining a coherent plot which encompasses the entirety of the series. Every book also features the three main protagonists coping with the gradual changes of puberty and social responsibility
, as their eyes are opened to the, often times, harsh world around them.
Every book also reveals more about the world itself, including traditions, other schools and life outside of school.
are his relationships with these two friends: Hermione Granger (A know it all bookworm) and Ronald Weasley
(Harry's earnest, faithful best friend)
Like most of the characters in the series, both Ron and Hermione gradually evolve past these initial stereotypes into rich characters and change drastically as they become adults.
All an all, a very enjoyable book series that becomes increasingly darker and deeper as one progresses through the series.
Very rarely does an author create a world that is really cool AND that the reader would actually want to live in and be part of.