A week or so ago I was reading an article about the Gibson closing, and the new plans for the space. Maybe you’ve heard. After the success of the theme park in Orlando, Florida, the magical world of Harry Potter is scheduled to come California. The new location at Universal will break ground after the final show at the Gibson this September. Japan is also scheduled to receive their very own Hogwarts.
Harry Potter has always held a special place in my heart, ever since I read the very first book. I am not alone. It became a worldwide sensation. In fact, it changed the world! Curious how?
It provided us a plethora of new fantastical creatures to ogle. There are so many they have their own mini wiki.
Every fan was provided with a cool list of spells.
Ruel S. De Vera gives us five ways Harry Potter changed the world that are hard to disagree with. You won’t regret the read.
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I’ve pulled out one of my favorite creatures to highlight this #ImmortalMonday. I know, it’s hard to pick just one when we delve into Harry’s magical world, but I think many of you would agree, there was something extra special about Fawkes the Phoenix. Any phoenix tends to have a purple-red hue and thus the bird was known as “the purple one” or “the royal bird.”
In Greek mythology, the bird was believed to be a long-lived fowl that was reborn from the ashes of its predecessor’s death. Who’s to say it’s not the same bird living life after life? Some think the phoenix found its origin in Ancient Egypt as the benu, a solar bird. It is still debatable and sources regarding the benu can often be problematic. The phoenix has come to symbolize many things with its renewing quality: the sun, time, life, resurrection, and Early Christianity to name a few.
In the Harry Potter Series we connect Harry with the rebirthed phoenix, seeing the boy as the new soul, connecting them. Fawkes is called to Harry in his time of need in the Chamber of Secrets due to Harry’s loyalty to the wizard Dumbledore, symbolizing the healing Spirit. Fawkes will help Harry through each stage in the final battle. He’ll provide Harry with the sword of Gryffindor so that the basilisk may be defeated.
When Harry is wounded, Hawkes will heal him with his tears, saving his life, and finally he will fly them all out to safety using the strength of is tail feathers. He gives Harry hope. If ever there was a symbol of immortality I would say this bird qualifies. The phoenix is a beautiful, indestructible example of a continuous life cycle.
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J.K. Rowling created such a rich world for us to play with. So many wonderful characters and lines. What are some of your favorites? Here are three of mine:
“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live…” Albus Dumbledore. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
If you were to pay the magical school a visit, where would you want to stop first? Would it be Dumbledore’s office? Perhaps Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes is at the top of your list or Diagon Alley. Would a day be long enough to fulfill all your Hogwarts desires?