The first reason that the Harry Potter series had been so successful is because that it had been a long series published over a decade, which enabled young readers to experience the excitement and anticipation of release- sort of analogous to the popularity of Star Trek and Star Wars with the older generations. There was also a marketing strategy that helped improve the popularity after the first years of release. I pulled it off the classroom bookshelf and fell in love with the story before it became a frenzy, I think at 10 or 11 years old. Also, she never made the story about herself, she didn't want to be a celebrity. There is a humbleness about J.K. Rowling that allowed children to trust and love her. Children know when adults want to make them happy and do respond to that. It could be considered a sentimental gift, anyone so invested in making children happy can only send the message that an adult believed in them. It's very important to remember too, that literature has almost solely been for adults throughout history. There is a social meaning in historical context with the series and the last century of child literature. Children were not treated decently (and still aren't in many parts of the world) up until this last century. Things like that can be an indication of social change, or also be a part of activism involved in bringing forward more child rights movements in regions of the world that they are considered an object for use and possession.For people whose natural or first language is English. Can you also write like Rowling? Or is there something special in her writing or is it just normal English? Is what make her bestselling author because of her writing style or her story?
About the source of wizard power in the Potter universe. In this world where ISIS abound, we really not far from savages. Having nukes is enough without having to worry about the source of wizard power. So I'm glad Rowling never mention anything or doesn't know. In the next generation where the world is more stable, perhaps such can be explored. But why don't you people ask Rowling what is the source of the wizard power so she can use her creative to concoct any explanations.. what would that be that in case she were to explain it? What is your guess? maybe element 140? lol
Anyway. You are right Harry Potter stuff is for young people. It is so fantasy and unrealistic that I sometimes get sleepy in the movies watching them.
The second reason is that there is certainly something special in her imagination and the works required the sort of creativity that only a very gifted person could deliver. The quality of her writing in the first book could probably be considered superior against the uneducated population, but her writing skills improved so much throughout the years of writing the series that near the end she could be considered superior against all other writers. The evolution of her writing quality can easily be seen. Her imagination and creativity remained just as special as before; however, her writing ability had only been a tool she used to express those qualities. She wanted to tell a story that she was visualizing throughout the series. She was able to create a world that seemed genuine with rich imagery and that children could relate with. She knew what children needed and would love because she didn't stop wondering about the world herself. The story is overall fun, quirky, humorous, emotional, and filling for a child to read. All of the common story elements and universal themes are present, but she took it further and added many more relational elements that enhanced the emotional quality in a way that nothing has ever been done before in child literature.
My 4-year old and I watched The Prisoner of Azkaban a week or so ago. Bonding moment! I was delighted that she had been interested. I do agree that it is mainly for young people. But, I will probably pull out the series every few years anyway... There hasn't been much fiction that I can tolerate since then.