What is it about the Harry Potter series that makes it so loved/popular? ?
- CogitoLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
It's very well-written, especially the later books. Rowling hasn't dumbed-down the language and her descriptions are really vivid and credible.
The characters are engaging, relatable and aren't stereotypical 'heroes'. They aren't two-dimensional, as so many fictional characters are. They all have faults, back-stories, redeeming features and these change through the series.The books can be understood and enjoyed by young children at one level, whilst adults of all ages can appreciate the more subtle parts, the deeper meanings and messages and philosophical issues they address.Almost everyone can identify themselves, their friends, contemporaries, parents and family members in one or several of Rowling's characters.The story is compelling and gathers pace as the series progresses.
- VoelvenLv 72 months ago
- The first novel was aimed at middle graders and has a LIX readability score around 30-35. And that's probably a bit of a sweet spot: Easy, but not so simple that older children and adults won't enjoy it.
- The "voice" in Harry Potter is charming. I remember thinking just that, when I got to the "thank you very much" in the first sentence.
- It's a classic "chosen one" story with several archetypes, and these generally have a good mass appeal.
- It's a series. Series tend to do well.
- The main stream attitude towards fantasy had started to change, and it was slowly becoming more acceptable to read and watch without being labelled as a geek still living in his parents' basement (that prejudice still lingers, though).
So, J.K. Rowling hit a lot of the right buttons at the right time. Also, sometimes a novel or a series just takes off for some reason. Like "The DaVince Code", "Twilight", "50 Shades of Grey" etc.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Any one who went to school can identify with the characters, the fantasy element is engaging and the whole orphaned messianic thing with good vs evil is a pretty well-worn theme, but no less appealing for it.