Thursday, November 17, 2005

Harry Potter Mania (ie. J.K. Rowling would make millions writing a phone book at this point)

This post will probably make me some enemies, and I don't mean this to be insulting to Harry Potter fans - different strokes for different folks and all that...but I have to say it. The Harry Potter craze is getting old. After however many years and however many books, I'm tired of the little lightning-impressed pre-teen. Am I the only one who has no interest in the new HP film that's about to be released? Or maybe it's already in theaters - I don't know because, frankly, I don't care. I started to look it up and include some links, but that would be putting more effort into this post than it's worth.

I'm an elementary school teacher - a reading specialist, even. I read daily from a wide variety of genres, especially in children's books. So when the first Harry Potter book came out, I read it and thought it was good. Not phenomenal but good. J.K. Rowling certainly had an original and engaging story. I read the second one soon after it was published, and it was okay. Not as good as the first one but typical of sequels. The third one was tedious. I had to force myself to get through it. I didn't even bother with the ones after that. Hoping that the movie versions would be better, I saw the first two movies. They were okay, but I didn't hit pause whenever I had to take a bathroom break. They were forgettable.

For all you Harry Potter fans - more power to you. You see something in either him or the story that I don't see. Despite all the publicity and the legions of fans pledging undying devotion to HP and J.K. Rowling, I just don't like Harry Potter. Sorry.

No comments: