by Graham Pierrepoint
The wizarding world of Harry Potter caught the imaginations of millions – from the books to the movies and even to the studio experience – and for JK Rowling, it has meant becoming a household name overnight, as well as a real reversal of fortune. The Harry Potter books were famously turned down by several publishers ahead of being picked up in the mid-90s – and from there, the magic really started. Despite the series having ended several years ago with the final book in the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, the franchise has seen something of a real revival in recent years – and true fans, of course, never really left the stories and the characters behind.
The Battle of Hogwarts canonically took place on May 2nd – an event which took place in the final story, and one which saw the shocking deaths of several beloved characters – as well as some of the series’ most notorious baddies. While the final book saw big name characters such as Hedwig the owl, Fred Weasley and of course Lord Voldemort bite the dust, one cult figure in particular took the fall which pushed thousands of readers to tears. We of course refer to Severus Snape – who, after seven books of appearing to be an antagonist of Harry’s, was revealed to be something of secret guardian – making his demise all the more heart-breaking for fans.
Rowling famously continues to discuss the Harry Potter universe on Twitter, having continued to flesh out the universe via her Pottermore website – and, last week, she made one particular statement to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts that many fans have been waiting years to hear. The author tweeted that she wanted to apologise for ‘killing Snape’ – and that she hoped fans on social media wouldn’t ‘start flame wars over it’. The Potter universe, believe it or not, is still fiercely followed and defended by fans from all over the world – and with the series recently having arrived on stage via The Cursed Child – there’s life left in the wizarding world.
There’s also the spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which Rowling previously suggested may extend to five separate stories. For a franchise which supposedly ended several years ago, there certainly seems to be plenty of life left in the characters and the world in which they inhabit!