British entertainment culture is somewhat iconic—perhaps due to our accent’s allure, actors themselves, or simply the way in which we portray ourselves to the world. We have created films and TV shows which have cemented themselves in the lives of people, among which surfaces one phenomenon in particular: the Harry Potter franchise.
Originally based off the renowned seven-book series by J.K Rowling, it was transformed into eight films, two spin-off films, a West End play, and numerous amusement parks, in addition to fundamentally shaping its generation’s culture.
The films star British actors mostly and are filmed around the country, which offers a special portrayal of the United Kingdom through fans’ eyes around the world. The films’ depiction of the land paints it as cinematic and, even under the rain, beautiful. To show it under such a light, as well as this representation’s intrinsic link with an essential part of modern culture, has produced an overall romantic view of the country.
How the story of an orphan boy’s rise to greatness at a boarding school became such a household name is, to me, obvious. Firstly, the idea of good defeating evil is a timeless rhetoric retold throughout cultures and therefore, unsurprisingly, Harry’s fight against Voldemort was immortalised; however, the most relevant reason is the way in which the franchise has brought magic to our lives.
Harry Potter shaped my childhood. I finished all the books by the time I was eight, when the last book came out. I dressed up as Hermione Granger, a character which all young girls aspired to be, for every Halloween. I have seen all the films multiple times. As children, we were able to relate to the characters as they grew up with us—they taught us love, loss, and valuable lessons about friendship and staying true to ourselves.
In the end, I know I shall always come back to this world.
by Issy M.