Most of us were completely obsessed with the Harry Potter books and films when they were first published. J.K. Rowling’s magic Hogwarts school was a testament to the power of books in creating unshakable childhood friendships and romances, and her stories inspired millions of fans worldwide to become lawyers, doctors, magicians, and more.
While the books and films were groundbreaking when they were first released in 1997, it’s not been until more recently that they’ve stood the test of time. With the series now approaching its twentieth anniversary, it’s an opportunity to take a look back at how much the world has changed since then, and how much the Harry Potter fandom has remained the same.
Has The World Changed Much Since The Harry Potter Era?
It’s fair to say that the world has changed a lot since then. The smartphone has taken over from the PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) as our main form of digital communication. Facebook and Instagram have taken over from MySpace as the go-to places for keeping up with friends and family. YouTube stars have replaced movie stars, and TikTok is the most popular social media platform globally.
The Harry Potter franchise was undoubtedly responsible for changing the way we look at magic and magical creatures. The films’ usage of magical creatures and holograms are still used as a benchmark for other movies and TV shows that want to experiment with special effects and realism.
Has The Harry Potter Fandom Changed?
The Harry Potter fandom has changed a lot, too. While the books were first published in the USA and then taken around the world for the initial run of the films, the franchise was instantly a global phenomenon. The series wasn’t limited to English-speaking countries, and J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world quickly became an attraction for English speakers abroad as well. Today, there are Harry Potter conventions in just about every major city around the world, with many fans traveling from Canada to England just to attend a film festival or book signing. There are even YouTube videos documenting every line of dialogue from the films (with subtitles), making J.K. Rowling’s amazing, sprawling fantasy series a truly international phenomenon.
Which Harry Potter Characters Are Still Iconic?
It’s astonishing how many of the original Harry Potter characters are still around to this day. J.K. Rowling has said that she never planned to continue the series, but once the idea for Harry Potter came to her, she couldn’t stop writing. Since then, the franchise has continued on, with many of the original stars appearing in later films or television series. It would be hard to overstate how influential the original Harry Potter book and films were, and characters like Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and the Malfoys continue to be popular to this day.
Which Harry Potter Character Is Most Like Robert Pattinson?
While there are many reasons why someone might want to claim Robert Pattinson as their own personal Harry Potter character, there is actually only one real-life inspiration for Lord Voldemort (J.K. Rowling’s boogeyman) – a man named Ted Bundock. According to a 2005 interview with The Independent, Bundy was the mastermind behind the “unofficial” Harry Potter study group, which consisted of friends who met to discuss the books in detail. The group even went so far as to hold midnight feasts where they would divvy up the massive amounts of Potter-related material they had collected – sometimes even sharing their food with the books they were reading. Although it might be ridiculous to think that a food-loving foodie like Bundock would inspire a character as evil as Voldemort, it’s quite possible. After all, it was originally Harry and his friends who had to cook and clean up after themselves when they stayed at Professor Snape’s magical Hogwarts school.
Has The Ultimate Harry Potter Collection Changed Our Understanding Of The Universe?
The Ultimate Harry Potter Collection is a seventeen-volume set that contains every bit of writing that J.K. Rowling ever wrote (more than 650,000 words, according to the back cover). It also boasts more than 300 photographs taken from magical locations around the world, and it features exclusive interviews with J.K. Rowling, as well as some of the actors who played a part in the making of the movie series. It was originally published in 2007 to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Harry Potter franchise, and it is arguably the most complete collection of Harry Potter trivia and fun facts ever created. The set is currently priced at £385.99 on Amazon, and it is available in a number of different editions, including an extended edition that also includes a DVD with bonus features.
Overall, it’s been quite a ride since then. We’ve seen the world change in ways that we couldn’t have imagined, and it’s been an honor to witness it all. While it might be hard to believe, the Harry Potter phenomenon continues to be as influential today as it was back in the day when the books and films first came out. If you’re a fan of the series, be sure to check out all of the other books in the series (especially the non-Harry Potter ones), as well as the other films and TV shows inspired by the books. Maybe you’ll even discover a new favorite character!