Bookish Oscars

​Best Cinematography: Best World Building – Harry Potter by J.K Rowling 

I once saw a joke on Pinterest about how writing is harder than open-heart surgery because surgery can be taught, but nobody can teach you a world that no one else has created, and I was like, “damn right!” Writing a half decent book set in reality is no easy feat, but when you start going into the fantasy side of things it’s like shooting yourself in the face and having to pretend that you’re totally fine. It’s painful and crazy and will leave you feeling like your brain is leaking out of your ears.

So to give credit where credit is firmly due, I give you the winner of the Best World Building category… Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.

The wonderful thing about the world of Harry Potter is how perfectly Rowling managed to create a magical equivalent of the real world, and yet still made it incredibly unique. More than a decade after the publication of the final book and people are still combing through the books trying to discover every possible facet of information they might have missed. That is ludicrous! And completely awesome!

And it’s not only the magical uniqueness of the world that is amazing, but also how we as the readers got to experience it. The first time we picked up The Philosophers Stone we were all 11-year old Harry walking through Diagon Alley with our jaws dragging on the ground, and if you dare try and tell me you weren’t amazed you’re a damn liar!

We didn’t just read about Hogwarts – we lived it! We all had chills playing our first quidditch match. We felt the basilisk fang pierce our flesh. We felt the cold pain of the dementors on our soul, gorged on Honeyduke’s chocolate, and we survived the Tri-Wizard tournament! We felt the pain of every loss and we bear the marks of every adventure on our souls. There is nothing that happened to those characters that we didn’t feel and that is why Harry Potter takes the chocolate frog!

J.K. Rowling gave us a world so incredible that it brought everyone from 9 to 90 together in unadulterated joy, and can I just say – you know you’ve created the best possible world when your readers refuse to leave it. In fact, I think it’s time for a reread. If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy my first wand…again. 


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