Sunday, July 22, 2007
God! How come a wishy-washy, magico-hallucinating story concocted while on a train ride, capture the minds of young and old and produce a literature of its own genre selling 325 million volumes in 64 languages, in almost every corner of the glob!! The release of the final volume was material for a Hollywood blockbuster-thriller by itself. The authoress, J.K. Rowling, is being worshipped like a Muse Godess.
Miracles do happen and they need not be initiated by Saints or Prophets. They occur when men ( & women of course) pray and hope feeverishly for something to happen, to save them from calamities, disasters, mental depression, frustration and despair.Their souls cry for something that can give them fresh hopes and nourishment.
The Harry Potter phenomenon seemed to answer their cry for the miracle, and it came in the form of a literary craftsmanship par excellent, freeing human beings from their earthly mental bondage, taking them into a world of ethereal beings with Godlike capabilities, where things can materialize or dematerialise at the utterance of a hocus-pocus..and where everything imaginable comes to live in extremities ( of dimension, colour and charachter). The phenomenon brought to life by the books and the celluloid screen, has shattered the logico-sanity prison of the human minds - especially the young.
Yes, I've read the Half Blood Prince from cover to cover and others snatchily, and seen two films including Harry Porter and the Order of the Phoenix. Boy, they all succeeded in raising my hair. blood-pressure and sense of bewilderment. The literary or novel-writing acumen of the authoress is magnificient while her imagination belongs perhaps to the sixth dimension of existence....
But, I stop to ponder! Why are the kids, the young people, and even some of the older ones including myself get so easily carried away by the magico-hallucinating adventure as presented by J.K. Rowlings. Is it because we're tired and fed up of reading about this mundane world of human intrigues and debauchery. revolving around money, women and power. I think Harry Porter gave us a new dimension of the same but in an ethereal world of make-belief. Maybe the kids should tell us why they like Harry Porter the Magician so much, as much as I love the magic shows before and even now.....
So, Pottermaniacs..... care to share your gut-level views? Old Uncle would like to know!