Harry Potter Fans Praise J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter Fans Praise J.K. Rowling

By Catherine Wiesehuegel, Reporter

Potterheads (fans of the Harry Potter series) are often attracted to the whimsical and adventurous stories told by J.K. Rowling featuring Harry Potter and his valiant friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Many fans have read the books and seen the movies but prefer the books because of the small details that the movies seem to gloss over. Anna Hagan ‘18, a fan since the first grade, complained that Lily and James Potter (Harry’s parents) appeared to be in their 30s in the movies, even though they were only 21 in the books.

“[The books] are so much more detailed than the movies,” Hagan said. “It’s the small things that bug me a lot.”

The most popular complaint about the films is that Harry is described as having green eyes in the books but has blue eyes in the movies. According to Rowling, however, the color of Harry’s eyes weren’t important, as long as they resembled his mother’s in some way. Filmakers did attempt to make Daniel Radcliffe’s (Harry Potter) eyes appear green using color contacts, but he had an extreme reaction to the contacts and couldn’t wear them for long periods of time.

“You lose a lot of [details] in the movies because there isn’t enough time to show those details in the movies. Some of my favorite characters are not at all what they’re supposed to be like in the books,” Sanjana Battadpur ’18, a Potterhead since she was 8, said.

The seven books are available to purchase on Pottermore, a website designed and created by Rowling to share new items and insights into the magical world of Harry Potter. Possibly the most popular feature on the site are the quizzes, such as the house-sorting quiz, the Patronus quiz, and the wand quiz. Each quiz is accompanied with a short story that gives more insights into the world of Harry Potter, including what your patronus says about you, the significance of each wand type, and the origin story for each house.

“I enjoy the site,” Hagan said. “You can get extra information and there’s a Patronus test.”

Rowling has also written several shorter books that take place within the Harry Potter universe, the most well known being Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written under the pseudonym Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a textbook used by Harry in one of his first years at Hogwarts, detailing the magical creatures in his world. The book’s movie adaptation comes out in theaters Friday, Nov. 18.

“I”m really really excited for [the movie]. I know a lot of people are like, ‘oh she’s just milking it for money.’ But honestly, even if she is, I literally don’t care. As long as it’s Harry Potter related, I’ll be there, I’ll buy tickets and I’ll go,” Battadpur said.

Some fans claim that Rowling is drawing out the series for the sole purpose of getting richer, despite the fact that most of the profits from her books and movies go to Lumos, a charity started by Rowling to help orphans around the world. According to the Huffington Post, Rowling was booted off the Forbes billionaire list due to her nearly $160 million in donations to various charities.

“I think that she’s a great person, because she gives all this money to really good causes all over the world,” Hannah Bombach ‘18 said.

Harry Potter’s tales have filled children’s hearts with a wonder that stays with them for years and continues to inspire many to do great things. Potterheads share an inclusive and respectful community that has managed to stay together, despite not having any new content to fawn over for nearly five years. Rowling continues to inspire and awe the fandom with stories and tales from the wizarding world.