Acquaintance With Letters

The Miracle of J.K. Rowling

Posted in Uncategorized by Sagarika on April 12, 2010

Infinite times now, I might have already wondered how it really feels to be the ‘Chosen One’. By ‘Chosen One’ I simply do not mean it in Harry Potter terms but moreover to be ‘selected’ to even have an idea as such. More than anything, more than J.K. Rowling the Young Adult Icon, J.K. Rowling the celebrity, more than any of it, what really never fails to amaze me is J.K. Rowling the ‘Chosen One’ to have the idea bestowed upon and all in all J.K. Rowling-The Writer.

I as are thousands of millions others, am a ‘hard core’ fan of Harry Potter and the wonder the creation By J.K. Rowling that Harry Potter is. But here I am not to write of why and how the series has fortified my mind and heart but will try to explore the story that is behind Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling and their union, finally.

Rowling says she thought about Harry Potter first when travelling on a train back to London. Now what could she possibly have seen to have such a sensational idea?(I would appreciate if the readers are able to ignore my periodic praise for Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, even though I try to be unbiased but since I have read Harry Potter and can never be ‘not loyal’ to it, forgive me for the occasional appreciation which just might be not well-received by the people who think otherwise).A documentary on J.K. Rowling, ’A Year In The Life Of J.K. Rowling’ aired on Fox History and Entertainments reveals several things which the Harry potter might connect to.

J.K. Rowling had a rather strained and a frightened relationship with her father and her imagination could never really allow the protagonist, Harry to have a whole family, instead it allowed him to have none. Instead what Rowling always thought a perfect father figure should be like, she found that ‘perfect father figure’ in the characters of Dumbledore, Hagrid and McGonagall and Mrs. Weasley as his partly ideal mother figures. The documentary also informs us of ‘the cupboard under the stairs’ which was once a part of her early homes. Even though she never had to live there, Harry had to, for years through his childhood.

Joanne’s favourite virtue is courage and that would rather be an easy guess for a Harry Potter reader, since she not only made courage a de facto motto of Gryffindor (one of the houses of the Hogwarts School For Witchcraft and Wizardry) but practically let her characters be ‘courageous’ too, for the story, for the readers.

All this and more is not mere coincidence of Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s world, it certainly is more than that, sure more than that.

What I could derive from all this is the f act that what is usually ‘said’ and associated with Harry Potter or any other fiction or fantasy work is the creation of a new world, a new universe and definitely an impossible one, but I think that what constitutes J.K. Rowling’s world is not something she created, not something that is an ‘another’ world but a part of herself, her life, what that is in reality and what that she secretly and wished to live and the one she did. Harry Potter is no one else but a part of her own soul, which is shy alike Rowling, courageous alike Rowling (courageous with her words that she is) and certainly with birthdays alike.

People, who often deject Harry Potter as a piece of ‘pure fantasy’, must reconsider their thoughts and realise that what they simply call ‘child like fantasy’ is not fantasy after all. Several would even argue that what Rowling does is that she glorifies ‘life’, glorifies death, glorifies friendship. But often do those same people fail to grasp that what they simply call glorification is the depiction of extreme conditions, adversities in which humans still remain humane, friend will be a friend still then and humanity will remain so, even then.

What inspired J.K. Rowling, what allowed her horses of imagination to run so fast and in a direction so correct that they ran into ‘Harry Potter’?

What gave her inspiration were the several things, situations and people whom she sometimes had and other times wished she had and other times not so much. But what she initially had was a struggled life, barely the fraction of life that she has now. She wrote, as did thousands, as do thousands and always do, she had a life as ordinary as any. Now when we relate Harry Potter facts, character, story, places even to the fragments of her life, they seem important enough, sad or happy enough and finally inspirational enough. But what if she had failed to receive inspiration from what she lived daily? What if she did not even care to pep into her past to weave the characters of Harry Potter? May be we could have never known Harry living in the ‘cupboard under the stairs’…

What inspires us and how much we allow ourselves to be inspired really?

J.K. Rowling lived her life in normalcy, as general and normal it could be sometimes more. But what she did have control over was the power to observe, imagine, hope and finally be inspired, inspired to improve her life in a Harry Potter world, inspired to share her life, a part of her soul, Harry Potter with the world. Such is the power of being inspire, simply.

What wonder Harry Potter is now can be described by even an eleven year old reading it, its success and more over acceptance among people of this world for they want to believe in the victory of good over evil, extraordinary friendships and the supreme power of hope and love. All this simply inspired from a life being live in normalcy by a woman, a mother who was a story teller only to her kid(s),17 years earlier? This ‘miracle’ that the success of Harry potter and J.K. Rowling is now is simply an example for all the habitants of this globe, what can really be the result of being inspired, being inspired to share, to fulfil and complete one’s life through this gift bestowed upon us, gift of creating fiction, gift of imagination.

I’m sure J.K. Rowling has fulfilled several of her dreams, tried out left out mischief and finally had the life or rather partly lived a life she wished, she always wanted. If a woman’s desire from all that is around her be a miracle, to gain inspiration from each one of our lives, we can do wonders never seen, heard or heard of. The ultimate need is to be inspired not only from extraordinary stories and situations but our own life, whether extraordinary or not.

J.K. Rowling gained inspiration from her own life and as she discovered words a medium to express it, she did. Similarly each one us, being the judge of their own potential should be observant enough to be inspired to do things, change them, if necessary. ’J.K. Rowling A Miracle’ is nothing less than an example of the infinite miracles there can be, there should e in this ‘Real’ world of ours.


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  1. Nitya Maheshwari said, on April 22, 2010 at 22:01

    hey Sagarika…..
    This was a big surprise for me as I had absolutely no idea that you were into writing or anything of the sort.Though trust me it was awesome to read…

    Despite being an ultimate Harry Potter fan , I’ve never really known muuch about J. K. Rowling….but having read this and some more about her I am beginning to see many parallels in her life and in Harry’s…..

    Seriously, if she hadn’t been inspired to write by god-knows-what on that train journey so many of us would have missed such an incredible story written with so much style…there you go…
    a Harry Potter fan can never stop waxing eloquent about it…. never be “unbiased” 🙂

    I absolutely detest those people who make out HP to be a children’s fantasy tale . It is so much more than that….the characterization by JK is amazing and it is based on the real world around her in which the same qualities are becoming steadily more difficult to find .All of us have so much to learn from it….

    In the words of John Miur – The power of imagination makes us infinite.
    So kudos to JK’s imagination and her courage to transform her dreams into reality.

    Very well written Sagarika . Thanks for making me see HP from a very different perspective. And I look forward to reading more of your blog entries. All the best!!

    • Sagarika said, on April 22, 2010 at 22:39

      Oh!Thank you so much Nitya,I knew you would be able to see what I wanted to portray,again Harry Potter fan.
      What is endless is our power to imagine,correctly so.
      So I guess not trying to be ‘unbiased’ because the reality of it is we can never really be,after we are the ones who’ve read it!
      And well Oh!well I look forward to more of your comments,in agreement or not,I’d be happy to receive it,always welcome.

      P.S. I love to write,really ‘love’ is one of the most appropriate words.:)
      P.P.S. Thanks again for the comment.

  2. Nitya Maheshwari said, on April 22, 2010 at 22:51

    your welcome…so keep writing 🙂

    P.S. I love to read so it was really a pleasure 😉

  3. disha said, on April 23, 2010 at 00:54

    Great work sagarika !!!!!!!
    I din’t know that you write so well
    this blog has finally changed my mind and has inspired me read harry potter series
    thank you for that

    and secondly i wish to appreciate your great observation skills and a way to look at things from a totally different angle which is really fantastic…it was my pleasure to read your blog

    best of luck!!!
    keep writing !!!
    u have a long way to go girl!

  4. disha said, on April 23, 2010 at 01:27

    Great work sagarika

    I din’t know that you write so well

    Your blog really impressed me and has finally inspired me to read harry potter series

    Secondly i would like to appreciate your great observation and writing skills
    you have the ability(or i should say talent) to look at things from a different angle which really fantastic….

    best of luck !!!
    keep writing!!!(bcoz i love to read it)
    you have a long way to go girl and inspire thousands more like me and make this world look at things from a totally different point

    • Sagarika said, on April 23, 2010 at 02:09

      Reply to both your comments 🙂 –
      Thank you so much Disha.And I am happy that if not become an admirer of J.K. Rowling or Harry Potter you could at least judge things without any prejudices or what ‘people say’ or do not ‘say’.
      Thank you for your kind comment,I really appreciate it.

  5. disha said, on April 23, 2010 at 02:11

    you are most welcome dear

  6. Anshul said, on June 30, 2010 at 02:49

    Hey Sona,

    Great observations. You really display your intellect with such astute analysis, which at your age, is commendable. Having studied Literature at the Bachelor’s level, I see in you the potential and flair to take it up. Such criticism is better than many are able to come up with while studying the subject in college :P.

    She herself once said, that all characters are part of the author, and hence, this theme is really interesting to explore.

    The command over the language, the vocabulary and the usage are very good. But I have two suggestions for you, which I think will make you a better writer, these are:

    1) You have a very nice vocabulary but you can work on your style. You write really big sentences, which becomes a problem for the reader. The best writing is that which is the easiest to read. Try to make it simple. Brevity is a virtue, us Indians are not taught that at school. 🙂

    2) Diversify your reading. Read as much as you can, and read literature. And keep writing. 🙂


    • Sagarika said, on June 30, 2010 at 15:16

      Anshul Bhaiya,
      Thank you for the comment.
      Further,I would try all that I can to improve my writing and would certainly keep in mind your suggestions.
      I really appreciate you reading my blog and am grateful to you for your comments and suggestions.

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