It is amazing to think that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is two decades old because I remember reading this book like it was yesterday.
Her struggles in finding a publisher for the book are well renowned, and they are a great lesson in never giving up on your dreams.
For me, the seven-book series are the best novels I have ever read.
They fostered a love of reading that I don’t think I would have had without these books.
I love everything about them, from the unique characters, to the way the plots develop, the humour throughout them, the epic battles, and the cliff-hangers and plot twists that leave you guessing as to what may happen next.
Heartbreak, happiness, humour – these books will make you feel every emotion possible.
The real genius to the books though as that they simultaneously appeal to adults and children. I am as happy reading them now as I was when I was 10 years old, and the series lets me hark back to my childhood in a way that not many other things can.
I remember the excitement I felt when each book came out, how much I enjoyed reading them for the first time, how sad I felt when I reached the end of the book, and then repeating that cycle.
The Harry Potter series encouraged me to get writing, and it is a career I have been involved with ever since.
Of course, the books went on to become the most successful film franchise in history, and the Harry Potter Studios in Leavesden is among one of the most popular attractions in the country.
The world of theatre has also felt the effect of the Harry Potter universe with the Cursed Child play, and its cultural significance cannot be downplayed.
The Harry Potter books and films have been a huge part of my life, and I can’t thank JK Rowling’s genius mind enough for them.