Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Power of Potter

Post by Kerrie 

In 2007, book seven of the Harry Potter series was released, but it wasn't until I saw the final movie on Sunday that I realized that it is over. There are no more Harry Potter books coming, no more movies. Since 1998 when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was launched, I have had either a book or movie to look forward to. Now, there is silence. No new quests, no new teacher of the Dark Arts, no more horcruxes, no more Voldemort. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny are now in the land of happily ever after.

All of this got me thinking about the power of a book. JK Rowling created a world and a series of books that impacted a whole generation of kids. Many, like my son and daughter, don't remember life without Harry Potter. My daughter has especially been effected. As our family sat in the packed theater, watching this final saga unfold, she shed many tears; mourning the loss of the characters who died, but, moreover, I think, mourning the loss of this chapter in her life that is now closed.

Wow. As a writer, it is pretty amazing to think that what we write has the potential to shape a generation. I am sure that was not JK Rowling's intention when she sat down to write the first Harry Potter. I bet she didn't sit at her table telling herself that she was going to write a series of books that would sell over 400 million copies and make her a billionaire.

Like all writers, she had a story in her head that wouldn't let go and she had to write it down. But the key to Rowling's success is she didn't give up. For five years she worked on the first book and outlined the rest of the series. She persevered. She didn't let anything stop her. She didn't let the fact that she was a single mom on welfare stop her from pursuing her dream.

For those passionate about writing, JK Rowling is a great example of how dedication and perseverance can bring success. There will never be another JK Rowling, but write the story you were called to write and you never know what will happen...

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Anonymous said...

(Coming to this post from NCW) Thanks for the inspiring post Kerrie. I had a similar experience with my family in the theater. In fact, we went as a big group with their friends, as well. They read all of the books first and much to discuss after it was over. But there was definitely sadness expressed at the prospect of not having any more Potter to look forward to. Thanks for your last paragraph. It means more to me than you realize. - B

Marlena Cassidy said...

J.K. Rowling is an amazing woman and writer, to be sure. Thank you for this inspiring post and reminder that it's not all about the money, but more about the readers than anything else.

Dean K Miller said...

I have a difficult time wrapping my brain around what has happened with the "Potter" series, and it's ensuing marketing success.

I'm so happy to see one positive comment on my blog page, but to see millions upon millions of people enjoy what I've done...that's just crazy talk.

JKR has opened doors, inspired, entertained and set an incredible standard that few will ever achieve. But the most amazing piece of her adventure, to me at least, is that she had an idea and that she believed in herself.

Funny to think, but I believe in myself, too...

Kerrie said...

B, I am glad to know the post helped you. :)
Marlena, the readers should always be the reason we do what we do.

Dean there IS incredible power in believing in ourselves and JKR proved that.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Getting a story in your head that won't let go until you've written it down. I think those are the stories that come from the heart.

Kerrie said...

I agree Pat. :-)

Lisa Gail Green said...

She is incredibly inspiring. She's the ultimate example of never giving up.

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