No one can dispute that the Harry Potter
books were a really, really big deal. The original seven books have sold more than 500 million copies
globally, and it remains one of the best-selling book series in publishing history.
But, would it be fair to say that the content of these magical books is still relevant? The last book, The Deathly Hallows
, came out in 2007—more than a decade ago—and its movie adaptation was released in 2011. A lot has happened since then—not just in literature
, but in the world in general. Why should anybody pay attention to the adventures of a young wizard with a lightning bolt scar? It’s yesterday’s news, the byproduct of another era. Who cares anymore, right?
In many ways, the Harry Potter
books are more important than ever. Within the pages of those seven books are life lessons still useful today—perhaps even more so
than they were when author J.K. Rowling
first sat down to write them. As we approach Rowling’s birthday (she turns 54 this month!) let’s take a moment to look at some of the ways Harry Potter
can help you make sense of your life in 2019.