Harry Potter 20th Anniversary


The Sorcerer’s Stone is the first in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of seven novels that have made her the most successful literary author of all time, selling in excess of 400 million copies world-wide. The books are read and enjoyed by children and adults alike and have also been made into hugely popular films.

Alex Engler, senior is unsurprised that this series has been able to stick around this long, and stay this popular.

“It is one of the only fantasy series to gain a following, so it makes sense that it has stuck around this long,” says Engler

Sophomore Johnathan Warhover adds, “it sparked the imagination of some to create theme parks that are all known around the world. Younger people should read this book to open their imagination.”

Some even find life lessons in this magical series.

Sophomore Sriya Ekkirala says, “The characters are really relatable, because it includes a lot of feelings that people experience in real-life. Including things like Jealousy and typical teenage problems.”

“Younger people should read this book, because people need to understand the presence of terrible people in their everyday lives before it happens,” says Engler.

Sophomore Jack Mandra learned “that no one is always who they seem to be. Like Snape.”

Sophomore Will Granse takes a more positive approach: “The life lesson I learned is to be grateful with what you have.”

“I think it’s good how it unites so many people,” adds Ellie Hatcher, sophomore

After 20 years, people still find themselves captivated by these books. Harry Potter leaves an air of Imagination that readers find themselves engrossed in.

Harry Potter is indeed a must-read for those who crave creativity and imagination. The entire Harry Potter series is located in the UHS library. Ask Matt Murrey, school librarian, for help whether you are revisiting or are reading for the first time.

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