The Harry Potter craze

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Registered: 01-30-2004
The Harry Potter craze
Mon, 06-07-2004 - 8:02am
What are your thoughts on the whole Harry Potter craze?? Do you think it's overrated? underrated? Do you find it silly that there is so much hype over these books and movies? Do you think it's just a cash cow being milked for all it's worth?

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Registered: 01-21-2004
Tue, 06-08-2004 - 9:54pm
I saw the first Harry Potter movie, and didn't care for it that much, mainly because it was a 3 and a half hour long movie. My attention span is not that long! I can see why a lot of people like the movies and the books, though. They are very popular for a reason, I guess.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 06-09-2004 - 12:34pm
The books, particularly the first one, are brilliant. Simple plotlines that children can follow, yet witty and well written in a way that makes them entertaining for adults. The fantasy world is imaginatively drawn, vivid, and *fun*. Plus--anything that gets kids interested in reading something longer than a magazine article is A Good Thing(tm).

The If separated from the books, they're pretty good. But I tend to prefer the book to the movie as a rule--my own imagination is usually more interesting that whatever Hollywood puts on the screen. Plus, screenplays dilute the beauty of the writing. They can't help it--it's a limitation of the medium.

The Oh-So-Frightening Religious Implications: Oh, please. Say it with me, slowly: FAN-TA-SY. FIK-SHUN. These books have singing hats, flying cars, and floating staircases fer cryin' out loud! There is nothing of real witchcraft anywhere in there.

The Craze...I'm not big on crazes as a rule. It took some doing to get me to read the first book, because I tend to resist doing things just because everyone else is doing them. But I'm glad I did, because the writing is well worth it.

--fc, purveyor of gender-neutral opinions