As Harry Potter turns 20, let’s focus on reading pleasure rather than literary merit

It’s 20 years on June 26 the of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first the seven-book series. The Philosopher’s Stone has sold more than 450 million copies and been translated into 79 ; the series has inspired movie franchise, dedicated fan , and spinoff stories. Goodreads I recall the long periods of frustration and excited anticipation as my and I waited for each new instalment of the series. This experience of waiting is one we share with other fans who read it progressively the ten years the publication of the first and last Potter novel. It is an experience contemporary readers can recreate. The Harry Potter series has been celebrated for encouraging children to read, condemned as a commercial rather than a literary success and had its status as literature challenged. Rowling’s writing was described as “basic”, “awkward”, “clumsy” and “flat”. A Guardian article in 2007, just prior to the release of the final book in the series, was particularly scathing, calling style “toxic”. My own focus is on the pleasure of reading. I’m more interested in the enjoyment children experience reading Harry Potter, including the […]

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