Back when the Harry Potter books came out I read a few, and wasn't terribly taken with them. My tastes (which are a English mid-20th century formulation) run to underdog heroes. Harry has a kind of fake 5 second underdog life in the book before becoming the Chosen One. It seems a very American influence (I always thing of American taste as being for the winner, the powerful, the one on top) and not very subtle or interesting, but I'm just old. Things change and move on.
Don't say, "They were meant for children," as any decent children's book is just a good book.
I also, when reading the books (3? 4?) every time I came to a name and it was just an adapted word (like Hagrid and Gringott) I'd just think "lazy author" but perhaps children like it. I might've liked it as a child.
I don't know why I'm writing about this now - I haven't thought about it for years. Oh - I think it was because someone contacted me today in SL who had a Harry Potter group affiliation in his profile. That must've been it. Actually, he seemed extremely nice and polite - I wound up making something for him just because he was so very nice.
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