If you are of the same generation as I am, the Harry Potter stories and movies have been a factor of your life (whether you like it or not!). I won't elaborate on the virtues of the Harry Potter series, because it would make one long blog post, but I will say that they have emotionally affected me (and many others I know) more than any other book series. Heck, we even had a 50-60 member Happy Potter club (Dumbledore's Army) on my college campus... yes, I was a proud member, have the shirt and everything. ;)
Are they Pulitzer prize winning fiction? Nope, but they are encouraging, touching, insightful books with rich characters you as the reader truly end up caring about. Yes, they have magic in them. No, I do not have a problem with that as a Christian. Good ultimately triumphs evil. Nuff said.
Seeing the books come alive in movie form, while not always executed as well as we HP fans would have liked, was magical because we simply loved the characters so much. I stumbled across this compilation film on Pinterest today and it was so poignant - it really just emphasizes the attachment so many of us have to these stories. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
To sum it all up, a quote from the actor who brought to life my favorite misunderstood character, Severus Snape: