There is no question as to whether or not J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was and still is a mega-hit. With 7 books, 8 movies, 2 theme parks, likely hundreds of thousands of different forms of memorabilia, and hundred of millions of fans the Harry Potter series is one that will line the bookshelves of children and adults alike for years to come.
As writers, some of us may wonder what makes Rowling tick? What went through her mind while she was writing these stories? How did she form these sentences that would eventually come together to be what it is? While the first two questions can only be answered by Rowling herself, Rene Marquez Bonifacio attempted to answer the last question through analysis of the first few sentences of the first two chapters of each of Rowling’s 7 books, making note of sentence structure, tense and voice. She then goes back to those same chapters and analyzes the number of kernal sentences, connectives and reductions.
The results are fairly interesting and can be found here: