How come Harry Potter is taking over the world? How come Universal Studios Florida is opening up a new park down there to be fully devoted to the Harry Potter series? How come Daniel Radcliffe just got $50 million to make the latest Potter movie that came out last week? Why Harry? Why is J.K. Rowling the second-highest paid woman in the world, only to be beaten by Oprah (but who can beat her)? Why did she go from being a waitress writing on napkins to writing for children in 65 different languages?
What is it about this story that leads generations to read once again? How does she have the capabilites to write in a such a way to make people go to libraries? How can she capture the imagination so well?
She knows the story that we long for. She knows that we want (we need) majesty and magic in our life. We crave it. This week, I am joining the bandwagon and reading the Harry Potter book. I have read the first 5 before but it has been a while. So, me being lazy, I watched the movies and this week I am reading the 6th book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. However, I am not going to wait in line a long time just to get the book. But I will go the next day to Wal-Mart and buy the book. It will be great.
Side note: I love how people need things the day they came out. Just to defy my needs, I am going to wait on new releases.
Anyways, Mrs. Rowling knows the stories that we long for. She knows what it is like to get caught up in something bigger than ourselves. I want each of us to catch the story that is bigger than our lives. I want each of us join the party and celebrate something big, something true.
If you haven’t ordered your book yet, and don’t want to wait in store, here it is on amazon.com: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.