Harry Potter isn’t that great

So I just started reading the Harry Potter franchise.

Zack Sheppard photo, via Wikimedia Commons

This was the lineup at a bookstore for book seven of Harry Potter. I’m guessing many of the adults were buying it for themselves, but I’m not sure why.

I must admit I’m a complete novice. I have never seen the movies or read any of the books before. But it was on my bucket list to read them, so I started a few weeks ago. I’ve read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and am now a few chapters into Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

And I just don’t get what all the hype is about.

I can understand kids, preteens and teenagers getting into the book. But I’m at a loss at why it captivated so many adults.

I remember a few years back, when working at a community newspaper, going to one of the local bookstores to take photos of people waiting in line for the book that was going on sale on midnight. I was flabbergasted by how many adults were in line to buy the book for themselves. Even a very good friend of mine was in line.

But it’s a pretty simple book. I find it dull in places, and it doesn’t keep my attention the way adult books would. I don’t get why grown-ups fell in love with it.

Do they get better? Were people engrossed because of the films? Am I just missing something? Am I too much of a muggle to miss it?

Someone please explain the hype to me.



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2 responses to “Harry Potter isn’t that great

  1. Dave

    Try Game of Thrones instead 🙂 I have the 5 books if you want to give it a go….

  2. Never read any of the book, that would require being literate, but I love the movies, and have watched them several times over with my kids.

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