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Harry Potter’s Legacy

I’ve had Harry Potter on the brain recently. Maybe it’s because the second-to-last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, is being released in theaters on Friday, November 19 (less than three weeks from now!)

The very last movie will hit theaters in July of next  year. And I can’t help but wonder: once everyone has seen the last movie, will Harry Potter become a thing of the past? Will the world forget about Harry, Ron, Hermione, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?

So I started thinking about all of the things that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Harry Potter.

The Harry Potter franchise spurred the evolution of a whole new genre of music, called Wizard Rock or Wrock. Three Wrock bands are performing at the Beechview branch on Wednesday,  November 10.

Then there’s the Harry Potter Alliance, a nonprofit that carries on Harry Potter’s mission of making the world a better place. This year the HP Alliance raised more than $100,000 to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti and won $250,000 from t he Chase Community Giving program to keep up the good work. Not bad!

And nothing shows dedication like bringing a fictional sport to life. The game of Quiddich has been adapted for muggles and is played on college campuses across the country. There is even going to be a Quiddich World Cup in New York City this year.

Also new this year is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a theme park in Orlando where you can ride rides, dine at The Three Broomsticks, and do some shopping at Honeydukes or Ollivanders.

And that’s just the short list. But I think that Harry Potter’s greatest achievment is enouraging a generation of children and teens to read for the fun of it, care for friends, fight against injustice, and use the most powerful magic of all–love.

And that makes me think that Harry Potter will never be forgotten.

What do you think? In 100 years, will people still care about Harry Potter?

~Eva, CLP-Allegheny

4 Responses

  1. THanks, Eva for the plug for the Wizard concerts. I will be there on the 10th. Are you coming?

  2. I must hasten to add that neither the Wizard Rock nor the so-called Hogwarts Under Seige activity has been approved by the Ministry of Magic. Any students found to attend either of these functions risks losing house points.

    http://www.carnegielibrary.org/events/details.cfm?event_id=58338

  3. So this is pretty much amazing. I’m glad there are some people in Pittsburgh who appreciate all the amazing stuff HP’s brought with it! I’ll be at the wrock concert, and I hope to see you there!!

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