Harry Potter Month (15)
Today is day fifteen of my challenge to post each day about Harry Potter. Quotes, books, films and silliness.
The answer to yesterday’s : Who Am I? Professor Slughorn (including his upholstered chair transformation)!
For today’s Harry Potter post I’m using my answer for the July question posed by the Classic’s Club (of course this is late but I saved it!). The question is as follows:
Pick a book published since 2000 and say why you think it will be considered as a “classic” in the future.
I think JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series will definitely be considered a classic in the future. It has such a wide appeal to all generations, the overall story arc and character development is excellent and it’s just such a wonderfully entertaining series. Translated into over 70 languages (I think, feel free to correct me) and selling more than 450 million copies worldwide. Of course the series does become darker as the story progresses so that needs to be kept in mind but for me that is one of the beauties of this set of books – it’s a story that develops and is also one that you can grow with.
The HP series is a coming of age book. It’s a series that sees the growth of some wonderful friendships that remain true even when put to the test. It examines issues around adolescence and the difficulties that most young people experience as they mature. More than that though it looks at decisions – decisions between right and wrong and how sometimes the more difficult choice is the right one to take. And, finally, it makes us look at the difficult subject of death which is never an easy one to tackle.
I realise that this answer is a bit of a cheat because the question asks for a book published after 2000 and the first Harry Potter book predates that. However, the series as a whole doesn’t conclude until 2007 and as I’ve taken the series as a whole it doesn’t feel like too much of a liberty!
What book or series do you think will be a classic in the future?