Daily Editorial: Harry Potter rules
Vail CO, Colorado
Harry Potter fans have already pre-ordered the last book. Stores are stocking up on calendars, stickers and Harry Potter-themed toys.
Muggles across the country are urging each other to wear headphones when they head to the bookstore to get their copy: that way they won’t overhear anyone spoiling the ending.
Two characters are going to die in this one, the seventh and allegedly last book in the Harry Potter series. Who do you think it’s going to be?
The frenzy over Harry Potter nearly resembles the mania usually reserved for things like the latest Star Wars episode or iPhones ” or the last Harry Potter book. It’s awesome. People are going crazy over a book. A book!
Harry Potter’s popularity is no doubt bolstered by the movie series inspired by the books. A movie of the fifth Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” comes out Wednesday ” 10 days before “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is released to the reading public.
And Harry Potter is a children’s book, a fantastical one. J.K. Rowling is no Toni Morrison ” that Nobel Prize-winning author whose books usually top college reading lists” but what she writes is fun, imaginative, colorful, and at times, even insightful. That’s why we know plenty of adults who are eager to devour the latest book, too.
Literary snobs may lament that Americans won’t get worked up about books about social justice, the complexity of relationships, the tragedy of human behavior ” you won’t see lines out the door for Thomas Pynchon’s next book on the 6 o’clock news.
But at least we’re reading. And that usually leads to thinking ” at least about something other than the Paris Hilton crime files.
” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board