|Posted on April 1, 2008 at 5:11 PM|
If you don't already know, I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I know entirely too much about the series. I'm sure there are more obsessed fans out there, but I can only speak for myself. I'm am way too old too be this into a Juvenile (loosely) Fiction series. I started to ask myself why. Especially as a Christian with all of the problems Christians seem to have with it. Obviously I don't have those issues, and I don't think any of my friends, do either. Nevertheless, I wondered why I love them so much. First of all, any time Good triumphs over Evil, I'm happy. Second, I read fiction as an escape from the real world. What's more outside the real world than Harry Potter? Third, Rowling has an incredible way of making you care about the characters and what happens to them. You're invested in their lives (I don't mean in an unhealthy way-at leas not for me). Lastly, she's just a really good writer. I'm impressed with the kind of vocabulary she uses, too. I'm a fairly articulate 33-year-old, and I didn't know all the words. Despite this, she has millions of children reading huge novels. That's a feat in and of itself. I love the series and think I always will.