I’m something of a fantasy/scifi junkie so my first impression of Harry Potter was not so great. The franchise was popular with the younger crowd, which isn’t a positive endorsement, and it was released during the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Stepping from the vast battle fields and epic drama of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic master piece to the PG rated, 12 year old protagonist was unbearable.
I’m a firm believer in the “book is better than the movie” cliché but I jumped the gun on Potter. When I heard about the death of some of the main characters the realist in me decided to take a closer look what I had shunned for so long.
Now that I’ve read through the first two books and after I sat down to watch the movies (which only took 3 years of peer pressure) I feel differently. Honestly it’s just too late for me. I missed out on the generational appeal but if I had been a fourteen-year-old I probably would’ve tattooed Harry Potter across my chest.
I like the books and I like that they offer a very original world to an audience that desperately needs more imaginative motivations. The popularity of the books should also be commended because I don’t care if the books aren’t exactly to my tastes or age, J.K. Rowling has revitalized a new generation in the lost art of reading and god bless her for it.