Unlike Jill, I did fall into the Harry Potter phenomenon. It was entirely accidental, but after reading the first book, I had no choice but to continue and see it through to the end.
I’m one of those people who reads the first book in a series, and even if it’s not very good, I feel compelled to continue, holding out hope that the writer will improve their technique.
With Harry Potter, that wasn’t necessary. I read the first book when I was tutoring my cousin one summer. As an incentive for her to practice reading shorter stories, I promised to read one chapter a day of any book she chose aloud. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked.
I’m not a fanatic who is going to stake out the theater or the bookstore dressed in black robes, thick glasses and a maroon and gold scarf, but I am going to look forward to the release of the book, and I will probably be snuggled up in my house this weekend until I’ve finished the last page.