The final instalment of Harry Potter is here. It ends 10 years of Harry Potter movies, and many are asking, what will take its place, with some suggesting The Hunger Games has the potential to be the next big thing. But can there ever be another Harry Potter?
The Harry Potter books revolutionized publishing, children’s literature, filmmaking, and pop culture as a whole. The series inspired a generation of children to read. In many ways, the current success of Young Adult literature is thanks, in part, to Harry Potter. It’s true that the caliber of YA fiction has increased substantially over the last several years, with series like The Hunger Games prime examples of high-quality fiction written for teen readers. But it was Harry Potter that first got many of those teens and young adults to start reading.
And while audiences have watched the stars of the Harry Potter movies grow up over the years, many of the series’ most loyal fans have grown up with them. The readers who were children when the first Harry Potter book came out in 2007 (actually it was 1997 – I’m guessing that’s just a typo) (in the U.K.; U.S. readers got it a year later in 2008) are now adults.These books and films shaped their lives.
No other book series has done that — not Twilight or even The Hunger Games. These other books and franchises may have loyal followings, but nothing can compare to the devotion of Harry Potter fans or the way the series impacted entire lives and childhoods. Many fans even compare the end of the Harry Potter films to the end of their childhood.
So what do you think? I tend to agree, that while The Hunger Games has a huge and loyal following, there won’t be another Harry Potter for a long, long time.