And a big Thank You to JK Rowling for writing the novels that captivated me, an old lady. After seeing the first movie in 2001, I was totally hooked on Potter and his world of witches, wizards, spells, and potions. I was thoroughly entranced by the movie, and I thought the casting of the main characters was as perfect as it ever could be. Even today, the first movie is my favorite, and we watch it every so often. Of course, I have all the books, and have read them all dozens of times. I am collecting the illustrated editions, and can hardly wait for Goblet of Fire this October. I am a Pottermore user, and have been sorted into my houses at both Hogwarts (Slytherin) and Ilvermorny (Horned Serpent-see a pattern here?). I have got my wand (pine wood with unicorn tail hair), and Patronus (stoat).
JK Rowling, for me, is just like Dorothy L. Sayers, in creating real people in her characters. Peter Wimsey, Sayers’s aristocrat detective, seemed just like someone you might meet, and if you look closely, you will see elements that Rowling pulled from Sayers in the Harry Potter oeuvre (where else would she have found the name Cattermole, but in “Gaudy Night”?).
Best wishes to all the Potters, and all the Wizarding World!