It's only when I had gone to a bookstore near Tokyo Station a few days ago that I got to know that this year, the book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" celebrated its 25th anniversary since it had been published first. By chance, I have finished re-reading that novel a while ago, and now it feels amusing that a strange coincidence between those comes to me abruptly. Around New Year's Day in 2021, I had decided to begin learning English suddenly. Although now I can't remember clearly the reason that I did so, maybe I wanted to alter my life in some way. Last year, spending about ten months, I had read through all the books of Harry Potter once. It was a very significant experience for me to make my knowledge of English grow up, and I thought if I read the series of Harry Potter once more, it would increase far more my understanding. Therefore, I have begun to read. I have decided to meet those who dwell in the world of Wizard's again.
Harry Potter's tale is typical of Cinderella-story, but it's not that everything goes well effortlessly. He's, having called The Boy Who Lived, surely famous, but do not necessarily have an exceptional talent at birth. In some aspects, he's certainly imprudent, seems a bit arrogant, emotional, flouting rules frequently, but at the same time, he's a courageous, brilliant, cool-headed, and resolute boy. Such an ambiguous characteristic of him make the story highly attractive, because we need not get into boredom due to a monotonous perfection of our hero. His furious determination allows him to get over every ordeal, even though it's true that his attitude has produced so many conflicts and made him cornered repeatedly. His radical will seems balanced with his difficult circumstances, so that I could avoid being irritated by his persistence, ignorance, and arrogance. After all those hardships, the moment he succeeded in beating Dark Lord to death at the end of the last book, I couldn't help getting dumbstruck and feeling it unbelievable. Probably, it means that I had been so impressed with Harry's long story that I also fell into his deep despair, shared his serious anxiety. In addition, compared to the Earthsea Cycle, Harry's life looks more like ours, it's because the author J. K. Rowling puts the world of Wizard's next to the contemporary culture of British. As a result, it gets easier for us to feel that world familiar. I think it might be the most remarkable appeal of Harry Potter to mix old, traditional images of magic with our modern civilization.