How Harry Potter Changed the World

It started out as a multi-award winning book series, which spiralled into a global phenomenon. Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no doubting that Harry Potter has changed the world. It seems dramatic to suggest that a young wizard famed for his geeky glasses and distinctive forehead scar could turn the world upside down, but Harry Potter has achieved a rare feat in engaging children and adults all over the world, not just in written form, but also through visual media.

J.K Rowling’s eponymous character captured the hearts of the nation from the first page of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone .and since, he and his friends and enemies have become treasured gems who will go down in both literary and cinematic history. Following the global success of the novels, a series of incredibly successful films were released, catapulting actors such as Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson into stardom and putting Harry Potter firmly on the radar of most young people (and a large proportion of adults too!).

Harry Potter’s influence on cinema

Harry Potter is one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Every time a new film was in the pipeline, media hype ensued and Potter fans all over the globe eagerly anticipated the release date. Each and every film was a success in its own right and gave a different interpretation and unique presentation of the novel.

The aim for the writing team was to convert J.K Rowling’s much-loved books into a cinematic spectacular and to provide a new and fresh take on the story without detracting from its charm or changing the characters and plot line dramatically. The films used the latest technology and innovations to bring the fantasies to life and engage the audience in a fascinating, intriguing and exhilarating experience, which also provided them with a sense of comfort and familiarity linked to the original tales.

15 years ago, the name Harry Potter meant nothing to most people. Today, you can travel to the furthest reaches of the Earth and you will probably come across somebody who knows what Harry Potter is all about and can likely regale you with Harry’s infamous exploits. The effects demonstrate the power of cinema in bringing written work alive and the popularity of the films underlines the public’s enjoyment of fantasy tales, friendship and discovering a world completely different to your own.

Harry Potter at the theatre

Following the unprecedented success of the Harry Potter film series, fans can now look forward to stage version of a new novel, set 19 years after the previous instalment in the Harry Potter collection. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open in London’s West End in the summer and tells the tale of Harry’s adult life. Based on the story written by J.K Rowling alongside Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Jack Thorne’s hotly-anticipated production is the first official Harry Potter stage show. A two-part story charting the journey of Harry through adult life, where he is over-worked and run ragged by his three children, the play has already prompted media frenzy and tickets are selling like hot-cakes. If you’re an avid fan or you enjoy a trip to the theatre, it’s probably best to reserve your seats now. 

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