This Friday is the release of the last Harry Potter film. And the question is why do we care? Why do we care about this movie, this series of books, and these characters? The short answer is J.K. Rowling.
Quick facts: J.K. Rowling is a pen name. The J is for Joeanne, but the K means nothing and is in homage to her paternal grandmother, Kathleen. Her publishers insisted on initials for the release of the first book since the target audience was young boys, and they feared that boys would not buy the book written by a female author. Also, she wrote the book while on welfare. Her personal story is one of rags to riches.
But what about the long answer to the question? JK wrote a series of books that work on two levels, and also evolved as the characters evolved. Like a Pixar film, the surface of the books are intendend for kids but the meat of it for adults. Also, the target age of the audience grew up with the characters. Whereas you can give the first book in the series to a ten year old, you would not do so for the last book. The same applies for the films. The first is filled with innocence and wonder, the last is dark an dangerous.
In anticipation of the final film, this week I will be releasing daily posts with Harry Potter as the theme.