29 Jul
2014

Dearest J.K./H.P

J.K. Rowl­ing is my hero. For the mat­ter, she is prob­a­bly your hero too, and if not she should be. But why is she so spe­cial? In cel­e­bra­tion of her birth­day, here are five rea­sons J.K. Rowl­ing is the queen.

5. Rowl­ing began writ­ing Har­ry Pot­ter dur­ing the low­est time of her life: strug­gling to make ends meet, a sin­gle moth­er with no sup­port, and clin­i­cal­ly depressed. Imag­ine try­ing to hold onto any sem­blance of hope while strug­gling to provide for your baby. Scary right?

4. Demen­tors. The pure essence of evil and one of the most feared char­ac­ters in the “Har­ry Pot­ter” series, Demen­tors were an alle­go­ry for Rowl­ings’ depres­sion dur­ing her life as a strug­gling sin­gle moth­er. Demen­tors them­selves are a cool con­cept, but what real­ly makes this so spe­cial is the Rowl­ing cre­at­ed some­thing that we can all relate to. Depres­sion sucks the hap­pi­ness and life right out of you, remov­ing any will to keep liv­ing. While many of us know what that feel­ing is like, few authors have ever been able to visu­al­ize it with such vivid ter­ror.

3. J.K. has not stopped work­ing, even after the wild suc­cess of “Har­ry Pot­ter” made her one of the rich­est wom­en in the world. Rowl­ing con­tin­ues to work, as she has often said, to be a good role mod­el for her chil­dren. Her first entry into the lit­er­ary world post-Pot­ter was “A Casu­al Vacan­cy.” A love­ly inves­ti­ga­tion into small vil­lage life in rural Eng­land, many crit­i­cized the book as being droll and slow.  This was main­ly because the title did not include “Har­ry Pot­ter.” Some believed it was a huge smear on her career, until Rowl­ing tricked all of us when she assumed the name:

2. Robert Gal­braith. In one of the great “holy shit” moments of the year, the world opened up the new crime novel,“The Cuckoo’s Call­ing” by a seem­ing­ly unknown author, to find out that it was in fact writ­ten by J.K. Rowl­ing. Even before the reveal, the book was a smash hit and instant­ly became a best­seller. Find­ing out that the per­son behind the cur­tain was Rowl­ing just about made the lit­er­ary worlds’ col­lec­tive head burst. There was no doubt about her writ­ing chops now, and it is most def­i­nite­ly a great read. The sequel, “The Silk­worm”, was just released this year to more acclaim.

All of the­se things are great rea­sons to love J.K. Rowl­ing, but in truth there is one mas­sive rea­son that J.K. Rowl­ing is the best:

1.Harry Pot­ter, the Boy Who Lived. I mean this one in the lit­er­al sense, as in Har­ry Pot­ter the per­son. We meet Har­ry as a young baby, tak­en from the rub­ble of his for­mer home and his dead par­ents, made to live with his hor­ri­ble aunt and uncle. It is on his eleven­th birth­day that Har­ry dis­cov­ers that he is a wiz­ard, and is plunged into a world of mag­ic and epic adven­ture. But let us look at the boy him­self. All through­out the series, Har­ry is as self­less as he pos­si­bly can. Sure, there are the usu­al teenager moments but he nev­er puts him­self before any of his friends and loved ones. Har­ry is essen­tial­ly an out­cast, hav­ing not grown up with oth­er chil­dren like him­self and always feel­ing worth­less. He has suf­fered great tragedy in his life, nev­er know­ing his par­ents and enter­ing the mag­i­cal world know­ing that some­one per­pet­u­al­ly wants to kill him. He faces the­se ter­rors with his head high, nev­er tak­ing the cow­ards way out and show­ing how love over­comes all. There are an extra­or­di­nary amount of themes that play into Harry’s life, many of which are relat­able to those who read about it. I remem­ber read­ing Har­ry Pot­ter and feel­ing a con­nec­tion to that poor kid who start­ed out life not hav­ing friends and nev­er feel­ing like he belonged. But he over­came the­se obsta­cles and more, and set an exam­ple for us to fol­low. I think I can speak for every­one in that Har­ry helped all of us in one way or anoth­er, whether it was in pro­vid­ing lit­er­ary enjoy­ment or lit­er­al­ly sav­ing our lives. For this, a hap­py birth­day to Ms. J.K. Rowl­ing, and to our beloved Har­ry Pot­ter, The Boy Who Lived.

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