J.K. Rowling ended her Harry Potter series in 2007, then the movies ended the Wizarding World (after the second Wizarding War) in 2011.
J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows exactly 11 years ago today.— Horry Puttor (@HorryPuttor) February 12, 2018
"All was well." pic.twitter.com/1C4y8MstMh
But then... came Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- which turned into a multi-film series- and a
#harrypotterandthecursedchild— Mike (@mike_reads) May 23, 2018
Tonight I am off to see @HPPlayLDN for the second time. I am excited to see this again because it’s the first night of the new cast.
Have you seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
-#harrypotter #cursedchild #keepthesecrets pic.twitter.com/hbY36oSh5l
The door to the Wizarding World is always open, and no, I'm not talking about just to the theme parks. There's always something that allows you to step into the world of Harry Potter even if it's for a little while from the books, to the movies, and even to the play if you can see it.
However, what makes the world of wizards and witches so popular to many? One theory is (just like with Star Wars), Harry Potter reinvents and reworks the "mythic pattern" Joseph Campbell describes in The Hero With a Thousand Faces, where the hero goes from the ordinary world into a supernatural one, battles with magical forces, and then returns with these gifts to help others.
New Netflix series Myths & Monsters begins with Joseph Campbell's analysis of Star Wars as fitting the pattern of the hero journey from his classic book The Hero with a Thousand Faces https://t.co/oSsTd6fIxF pic.twitter.com/WT97LIC28k— Michael Shermer (@michaelshermer) December 29, 2017
Another theory has to do with J. K. Rowling's background in which she studied French literature at the University of Exeter, thus why many elements of medieval French romances such as themes, characters, and plot structures are interspersed throughout the books.
Harry Potter, the Arthurian Romance— Wholly Orders (@whollyorders) May 23, 2018
“Perhaps the #HarryPotter stories are so potent because they rework the iconic hero stories of #medieval French Arthurian romances.” https://t.co/zWpwW57jHY pic.twitter.com/sQp8MHHG8P
Scholars Heather Arden and Kathryn Lorenz, authors of The Harry Potter Stories and French Arthurian Romance, point out many facets of the series that are a reference to or even parallel Arthurian lore and that familiarity with the story makes it potent for many. For instance, many Hogwarts professors are members of the medieval "Order of Merlin," and many creatures have been taken out of a medieval romance such as unicorns, dragons, basilisks, werewolves, and the phoenix.
The first Harry Potter books were read to me before I went to sleep and before I even knew how to read. While the Basilisk may have fueled some nightmares as a child, I know understand the tale as a classic medieval damsel in distress narrative like those found in Arthurian tales pic.twitter.com/dQ1G7HXXe7— ggg (@GiannySpaccino) January 24, 2018
Harry himself is even likened to Arthur in that he gains a magical weapon (in this case his wand) that aids in his battles against dark forces. Harry, like Arthur, is accompanied by loyal companions who aid him and who battle alongside him- but at times, even he must part from them to face a challenge alone. And in another, on the nose likeness, Harry pulls a sword from an object and fated to marry a girl named Ginevra (which is actually a derivation of Guinevere).
Whatever the reason behind Harry Potter's fame, all Potterheads can agree that these books are classics!