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20 Years of Harry Potter: What We Love About the Books

Can you believe it's been 20 years since the magic of Harry Potter books first graced our bookshelves on 26 June 1997? (How did we ever live without it?!) To celebrate, we asked Harry Potter fans at Book People what they love about this spellbinding series... 

Who's your favourite character?

Katie M: Hagrid!

Katie D: Aberforth Dumbledore. He's loveably grumpy and a bit odd, but he does the right thing.

Jen: Hermione Granger because without her (and her love of reading) Harry would never have succeeded in any of their adventures, and most importantly of all, defeated Voldemort.

Emma: Hagrid, because he's warm and always unintentionally funny, and Hermione, because she's smart, always thinking of others (S.P.E.W.) and a little bit feisty!

Chloe: Sirius Black.

Zoe: Hermione Granger (Harry would've been lost without her).

Hannah: Luna Lovegood.

Alice: Neville Longbottom, because he's an underestimated character with a heart of gold who ultimately becomes a hero.

What's your favourite quote? What do you love about the series in general?

Katie M: I love how easy it is to get lost in those stories.

Katie D: I love that the series matured along with the reader.

Jen: I love how JK Rowling weaves so many references to astronomy and mythology into the books and manages to tie the threads together throughout the whole series. Every time I re-read the books I spot something that I didn't notice before!

Emma: I love how J. K. Rowling has seemingly thought of every detail in her world. It makes it very easy to feel a part of her universe and to enjoy escaping into it. She also has a beautiful yet simplistic way of expressing a thought or feeling with the least words possible while getting to the very heart of what she wants to convey.

Chloe: I love the expansive collection of magical creatures; they really bring the books to life and give the world of Harry Potter an extra dimension.

Zoe: I love how people have really taken to the stories and the world built by J. K. Rowling. She seems to be able to reach people who do not necessarily love reading, but they do love reading the Harry Potter books.

Hannah: Harry Potter has given people the ability to be able to fully use their imagination.

Alice: I love that the series is not only exciting and immersive, but also tackles a number of philosophical and ethical issues, such as identity, slavery, love, death, immortality, power and oppression, feminism and so on...