⚡️ My Appreciation for Harry Potter as a Piece of Modern Classic Literature Grows the Older I get 🤓
I’m almost 30 & I’ve read & listened to the Harry Potter series numerous times (read maybe 3, listened ~7) but it’s been almost 9 years since I’ve done either. I’m in-between education-focused podcasts right now so I’ve picked up the audiobooks again just to fill the void with light content until I determine my next pod.
I have to say I’m still profoundly impressed by the quality of work J.K. Rowling put together & I believe it’s one of the big three fiction series that will define the best of our century. My fascination has obviously moved from entering a world of fantasy to truly appreciating the more complex themes & her mastery of literary elements. Her work is so relatable to both children & adults that I understand why both my grandfather & mother read these books independently, but alongside me as a child. Some of the things I’m noticing more as an adult:
1.) Her ability to know precisely where the series was headed which allowed her to subvertly plant very detailed content & foreshadowing that often went missed by the avid reader, didn’t provide unnecessary fluff, & efficiently plotted the course for many books to come.
2.) Her incorporation of moral values & constantly relevant societal issues that continue to plague us today. On moral values, we have the themes of the strength & sanctity of love, self-sacrifice, & value-based decision making paired very well with character foils that show deep depths of the opposite of those values. On societal issues, we have strong portrayals of racism, notions of stigmas, fascism, & even a simplified example of slavery. There are many things I missed as a young child obsessed with whimsical parts of the series that I didn’t even notice the events that were taking place “off-page” in the larger magical world dividing society very much like we stand divided today. Re-iterating the facts that if you allow these negative seeds of fear, misinformation, & hate to have a platform that they can still re-surface & de-ravel what we thought was a civilized society.
3.) How shes able to create an entire fantasy universe that mimics everyday life but presents it in such a unique version of its own universe from sporting events, going to shopping malls, making our way through secondary school, the growth stages of adolescence, & even the change of seasons & what we associate with them.
4.) Her ability to tidily create complete sub-plots in each book that have their own conflict & resolution but also support the entire series’ arch & plot without having to rely on flimsy, supporting McGuffins. Case & point, the deathly hallows existed the entire time without her feeling the need to introduce them by name & purpose through almost 6 whole books.
This whole layer of deeper artistry has found me once again itching to talk about the books like I was excited to share with my classmates in 4th grade. I honestly can’t believe that some children were censored from reading this for religious purposes when the book its self provides very linear teachings & themes with definitely some Christian inspiration.
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Below is a fascinating article that shows how even something as complex as “story-telling” can be reduced to identifiable formulas. This continues to persuade me that all complex & metaphysical systems we experience can be quantified, expressed in formulas, & that everything is fractal in nature. We are just starting to understand, open our eyes, & develop the tools that allow us to define these laws.