Originally, J.K. Rowling intended to write the Harry Potter series as books for children.
The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in 1997, featuring 11-year-old Harry Potter and his two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in their first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
It follows the trio over the course of seven years at Hogwarts, battling “He Who Shall Not Be Named” and other seedy characters along the way.
They find Horcruxes and learn magic. They experience loss of life and the power of friendship.
By the end of the series, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are 18 years old and finally defeat Voldemort – with the help of the teachers, the Order of the Phoenix, other students, and a particularly brave Neville Longbottom.
The books were brilliantly written with colorful characters and ingenious fantasy.
They also were just as loved by adults as they were kids.
Ten years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released, it’s probably even more beloved by grownups considering the children who is was written for were now 10 years older.