Again with no spoilers policy:
Without claiming anything out of this world, let me just tell you some facts about the whole Potter Mania. In 10 years since 1997 when the first book came out, a huge 350 Million copies in 40 languages has been sold baring the last book which is Deathly Hallows. This count does not include the pirated street versions also. As the reports came in for the seventh book it was like 15 books were sold every second on the opening day.
So what is it about a children’s book which has around 12 Million websites and $6 Billion franchise in Books, Movies and Merchandise?
First of all, it is not just a children’s book or fairy tale.
From the first book, it tells us a story of a 11 year old orphan who founds him in a magical world and being told that his parents were murdered and it was he, who made the killer, the Dark Lord, vanish when he was just one year old. This is why he is famous.
Now he makes friends, starts school and tries to learn whatever he can from the new changed world. His small wonders and adventures grow big as the years passes. Meanwhile the Dark Lord, who was vanished trying to kill Harry in his childhood, is trying to return.
The maturity of the book grows with every passing year. Each book is darker and more mature than its previous one.
Come book 4 and we realize the Dark Lord is back, and in 5th, he is on his powers to destroy the Magical world. He is power hungry and wants Harry dead to prove he is the most powerful and is not defeated by a kid as was happened while Harry was just 1 year old.
In the 6th book the war is on and secret of the end of the Dark Lord is passed to Harry by the Headmaster, Prof. Albus Dumbledore, of his school.
And come the ‘Deathly Hallows’, it is all there on loose and a epic comes to an end with deaths, pain, legends, kisses and an ending which really gives all the answers left unsaid. Harry is on the task that Dumbledore gave him. He has to act without any help from the world outside. Everyone is on the run. The ministry is taken over by the Dark Lord and it’s just Harry and his true friends Ron and Hermione are on a task which seems impossible.
If in the sixth book there were drug and sexual references, kisses and references about the nobility of blood and breeding, the seventh book comes again with a lot of heart beats, kisses and Harry shedding cloths on two occasions and alcohol references.
One can discard the idea of opening a children’s book but trust the truth and you will know it is not just about the kids but is all about the magic that we all have in our hearts called love and friendship and all the tasks which are yet to be done before it’s too late.
The Potter Saga comes to an end after 3500 pages worth of read.
So take it from me and rush to the nearest book store.
The titles in the reading order are:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows