Did you know that grief counsellors are standing by in London in case Harry Potter is “offed” in his seventh and last book? Last night a thousand people (including many adults) stood in line at Chapters’ Ste-Catherine street store to obtain Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Am I the only person in Canada who has not read a sentence of the Potter series? My wife is a big fan. I enjoyed C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books and to a lesser extent Tolkien’s Ring books. But not a line of Potter.
I an not hostile to Potter. But there are those who are. J.K. Rowling’sbooks have endured the wrath of religious conservatives the world over. There have been book burnings, book bans and even a declaration by one high prelate in the Vatican that Harry Potter is “the devil”. One American literary critic, decrying the large number of adults who avidly read the Potter books, suggests that this “looks like a bad case of cultural infantilism”.
Have you read all, any, or none of the Potter books? Would you recommend them to a child, to an adult? What do you think has provoked this mass hysteria with 123 million books sold?