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

20 on June 26 since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s , the first the seven-book series. The Philosopher’s has sold than 450 million copies and been translated into 79 languages; the series has inspired a movie franchise, a dedicated fan website , and spinoff stories. Goodreads I recall the long periods of frustration and excited anticipation as my son and I waited for new instalment of the series. This experience of waiting is one share with other fans who read it progressively across the ten between the publication of the first and last Potter . It is not 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 . I’m more interested in the enjoyment children experience Harry Potter, including the […]

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