Full marks to JK Rowling for coming up with an extremely vivid depiction of a parallel wizarding world in contemporary times and making it credible too! Her writing skills, interesting character sketches and talent for continuity make the books unputdownable once you start reading. There was some controversy about the dark content in subsequent books, but apart from that there is little that can be found objectionable in the books. The concept is refreshingly original. The whole idea of having an entire syllabus of seven years for a school of wizards and witches is mind-boggling. The sheer imagination regarding various eccentric members of the school staff and different magical plants, animals and species is remarkable. There is even a sport and an entire ministry of magicians complete with dirty political agenda. As they say in hindi - "Isme action hai, emotion hai, drama hai aur comedy bhi hai!" No wonder the authoress is the richest woman in UK currently; such a book was bound to be a bestseller :) There are many life lessons to be learned too - Dementors sucking out the happiness from people and the Patronus spell that dispels the dementors reiterates the power of positive thoughts. The facts that one has to 'mean' the Unforgivable curses for them to take effect and that the soul is ripped apart when one kills someone are so true!
If you have reached upto here, am sure you are a fan, or at least an admirer too. Here's a small quiz to tickle your brains-
- How many goal posts are there on a Quidditch pitch?
- What is the name of Hagrid's dog?
- What form does the Patronus of Hermoine take?
- Ginny is the nickname of Ron's younger sister. What is her given Christian name?
- Who does Ron think he is in love with under the influence of the love potion?
- What is the last Horcrux and who destroys it?
- Who was killed by the Basilisk?
- Name the Hogwarts school flying teacher?
- Who teaches Harry how to play wizard chess?
- Which person was the first out of Voldemort's wand when Harry and Voldemort dueled?