Each Harry Potter fan is anticipating what would happen next. Here I was, trying to look for literary element in the series and by the time I ended the Book 6 with Harry talking about hope of spending one last bright day with Ron and Hermione before he began his final quest.
“And Harry saw very clearly as he sat there under the hot sun how people who cared about him had stood in front of him ony by one, his mother, his mother, his father, his godfather, and finaly Dumbledorem all determined to protect him; but now that was over. He could not let anbody else stand between him and Voldemort; he must abandon forever the illusion he ought to have lost at the age of one: that the shelter of a parent’s arms meant that nothing could hurt him. There was no waking from his nightmare, no comforting whisper in the dark that he was safe really, that it was all in his imaginations; the last and greatest of his protectors had died and he was more alone than he had ever been before.”
– Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Page 601
We are aware of two possible outcomes. If the outcome is expected, it will be a surprise and it will still be a surprise anyway if we get the unexpected. The only certain thing is the end of the series as Rowling confirms. There might be spin offs and histories surrounding it, but not the 8th book as of now.
The count of readers and fans runs into millions. There are equal or lesser number of opponents, but as of now I’m thinking of what makes it tick apart from extra-ordinary marketing? When fiction becomes such an integral part of reader’s lives, you know it has gone beyond being merely successful as it has sunk into the psyche of the readers.
With the eye of a grown up reader, what appeals to me? Is this for the child in me? Is this satisfying my wish to defy rules and embrace danger? Is this giving me satisfaction for the fact that I’m safe in the world till I’ve courage, wish to grow beyond fear and fight it, and no matter where my loved ones are, they are always going to be there, pushing me to perform that extra bit when I’m losing a battle?
She hits the right chords with what a common human being wants. With Fame, best friends like Ron and Hermione, inborn talent and courage, Harry also wins sympathy by being an orphan who wants a normal life and be happy.
Perhaps most of the personal experiences come from Rowling’s own real or imaginary life, full of fluctuating, unstable relationships and struggle to make more out of what she has, in spite of being set in a parallel magical world, Hogwarts and Harry’s magical world looks and feels so real. Rowling has constantly found her parents’ and sister’s support even when she was going through the pain of raising a daughter as a single mother on charity money as she wrote the first book of Harry Potter. She conceived this story during a personal battle. Harry may lose his own, but Rowling has certainly come out victorious through Harry. It remains to see weather she decides to turn her series into a tragedy or give it a happy ending of a children’s fantasy.
In the midst of all the technique, talent, marketing, hard work and the means to go far beyond, we all have to fight personal battles that arise out of our surroundings.