I’m sorry for posting another one but this had to be said.
I just watched the Half-Blood Prince special feature J.K.R documentary, and when you actually take time to think about it, you can’t deny that Jo Rowling changed the world.
I know what you’re saying, here goes the mad Harry Potter obsessed girl babbling on about the author of her favorite books, but honestly it’s more than that.
Jo worked on her book for SEVEN years before she finally decided to submit it for publishing, and a majority of the time she was writing it, she was living on very very little money as a single mother. She came up with the idea while sitting on a train, and wrote her ideas down on a napkin because she couldn’t find any paper. She wrote most of Sorcerer’s Stone at a table in a little café by hand, with pen and paper. (I watch a lot of documentaries, okay?)
Today, when you look back at the release of Deathly Hallows, and the last three movies, and the opening of the park in Orlando, and the fan base, it’s kind of just something that is a present part of pop-culture, and I don’t think much thought is given to it day-to-day, even by me, which is saying something. But when you honestly look at it in its entirety, and realize that one woman is responsible for this entire phenomenon, it’s almost surreal. How did she even cope with the amount of pressure put on her for the release of Deathly Hallows? How do you write a novel knowing that hundreds of thousands of people are going to buy it, and read it, and love it, and hate it, and just generally explode over the last installment? Did you know that on the first day of sales of Half-Blood Prince (the sixth book) 1,111 copies were purchased PER MINUTE by fans.
At the beginning of the first book, there is a line regarding Harry that says “There won’t be a child in our world who doesn’t know his name!” That line was most likely written about 17 years ago, and it’s amazing how that sentence actually became reality. The last movie may have come out, and the last book may have been published, but Harry Potter will never truly end. The only thing that has ended is the foundation on which the phenomenon of Harry Potter will continue to grow.
I could write an essay on this woman, and I almost already have, but let me end with this:
When asked how she would liked to be remembered, Jo said “I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had,” and I will most definitely remember her that way.