Question: Is the Harry Potter series really any good? I mean, are people reading Harry Potter because it is in fact “good,” or are people reading it at this point because everyone else is reading it, and it’s the thing to do? Kind of a mass hysteria. Either way, it certainly is a pop culture phenomenon.
When the books first began being devoured, librarians were, and are, happy that it got kids to read. However, the results of a a new study conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts, were just released that indicate reading is still declining among the young. So it seems that while kids are reading Harry Potter, they aren’t reading much else.
I seem to be in the minority thinking that the series is nothing more than an overblown children’s story. After all, it was published by Scholastic, who’s next most mature title is Clifford the Big Red Dog. I think the stories are entertaining, but I don’t think that many elements are very original. Rowling is certainly no Tolkien, yet she is now the second wealthiest person in Britain second only to the Queen… I can’t fathom it.
I’m ending this post with a quote from a colleague, who when asked what he thinks of the books said, “I don’t know, I just can’t respect any hero named, ‘Harry’.”