Week Seven: The Novel of Spiritual Education
This week is really beautiful one, because my sister and I always loved reading Harry Potter, and it was really nice to be able to go back and grab that book and just let J.K. Rowling immerse me again in that fantasy world that makes me want to stay there forever. The author represents such an important part of most people's lives, I can't think of anyone from my life circle that has not been mesmerized by J.K. Rowling's fantastic storytelling.
I really enjoyed analyzing the main character, Harry, for this week's blog. As a person who is really interested in storytelling, I find it fascinating to analyze characters in depth and find out; what makes them memorable? What makes them likeable? In Harry Potter, Harry is the type of character that we do not expect much from, he is ordinary, he doesn't have a good family, he doesn't have much money, his parents are dead and he doesn't even have any friends in his life. Harry's life really couldn't go worse, and that's what makes the audience so happy when something is finally turning out good for him.
Another aspect that makes Harry likeable is his very genuine personality. His values are what drive the story forward, is what makes us care so much for him, because despite him being able to use the powers for the bad, he decides to use it for the good will. The fact that he didn't judge Ron for its cover when they first met on the train, and accepted him as friend also makes him likeable because he is presented as uncritical and humble.
Also I really enjoyed watching in class the last scene of the Harry Potter 7th movie: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" because it really shows the characters finally going into puberty and developing in their unique ways. And that is perhaps the whole beauty of the book, that it allows us to stay seven years with these characters watching them grow up and see them mature. Something that is really captivating about that ending scene is how some character traits never change. Malfoy does not become best friend with Harry in the end, Harry does not change his personality, sure he has grown and learnt but he is not a different person, he is still that humble, believable character we first met in the first movie "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone".