H is for Harry Potter. Does this series even need any introduction? There are so many wonderful things about these books that have been discussed and dissected through the years – the colourful characters, the tortuous plot that inevitably gets tied up in the end, the wonderful word play that makes my lessons on morphemes so much easier – but there is one thing that always strikes a chord in my heart whenever I read through the series again: empathy. J.K. Rowling lends a voice to the oft-unheard, the oft-misunderstood, and the oft-dismissed. If a reader really claims to have appreciated her work, he/she should have walked away from Book 7 a better person – a more empathetic human being. I know I did. The Harry Potter series is funny, heartwarming, gutwrenching, and intricately plotted. I never get tired of reading and/or listening to Rowling’s words, and I envy those who will still experience her magic for the first time.
Which books are your favourite (‘cause it really is difficult to pick just one)? I like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. My favourite opening chapters, however, come from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where so many concepts from previous books were tied together. As for characters, I have a special spot for Professor McGonagall and Dobby. How about you?