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Friday, 14 July, 2000, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK
Harry Potter: Are you spellbound?
Harry Potter has cast his spell on the nation's muggles for the fourth time. But are you bewitched by this unassuming hero?
Thousands of copies have already been snapped up by children, adults and wizards alike. Many stayed up to grab their copy before bedtime on Friday and are already engrossed in matters at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Does it live up to your expectations? Did you fail to find a prized copy? Or do you think we are being sucked into the hype surrounding the young wizard's adventures?
The miracle of the Harry Potter series is that the books not only teach children how to dream, but also remind adults to hold onto their dreams. The story of J.K. Rowling's success captivates us as much as Harry's adventures do. We all profit. Bravo Joanne!
Matt, Germany (but English)
Anything that gives my husband and I (28) something to discuss with my nephew (9) has got to be a good thing!
As for the hype? Well, at least all that secrecy meant that no one gave away the ending before it went on sale!
Anything that generates this much interest in a book instead of a video game can only be looked on as a good thing.
Marie Stevens, UK
I have a confession to make. Until last week I had never heard of Harry Potter. But I've now made amends and am eagerly awaiting a parcel from the bookshop!
As the saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover.
I find it incredibly annoying to hear people carrying on about
how awful all the things they've never tried are. I've read all four books and I think that they're
among the best books I've ever read, a list which includes Oliver Twist, Peter Pan
and all of L.M. Montgomery's works. I'm so happy to see my
younger sister and her friends (who used to avoid reading like the plague)
getting excited about reading. And the message
at the end of the book is one of hope, co-operation, unity and friendship. Not to mention the
characters are so believable and the magical world so intriguing. And they're funny!
If you're looking for a good adventure, you must read these wonderful books.
Gary Pollard, Hong Kong
Bought it Saturday am, finished it Sunday am, now waiting impatiently for the next one! My son had to wait for me to read it before he even got his hands on it.
I say to John B. and Joules, give Harry a
chance. It is true that our society is pummelled all the
time by ridiculous hype, but you shouldn't let the hype
keep you from something good. JK Rowling has done something good in creating these stories.
OK, OK... I'm 27. And very tired. I unfortunately got the copy of the new book yesterday afternoon, and made the mistake of going to bed after having just peeked under the dust-jacket. I finally finished the book at 5am! Great writing and evolution of the characters. I'll recommend it to my 10-year-old cousins and my 55-year-old father in the same breath!
I would like to ask John B why is it so over hyped when he hasn't even read it? I think somebody needs a holiday.
This book surpasses the hype. Although a little slow in one place I will definitely read it again. The last third of the book was so enthralling I skipped supper. When is number 5 coming out?
Chris Hollett, UK
Harry Potter Books are the best books in the world. They're not just an old fantasy, good beats evil story. It's amazing. The Harry Potter books are DEFINITELY NOT " over hyped or whatever. They're not boring, and they're not silly. Just try them. OK, so the first chapter is boring. They're absolutely terrific books, and everyone will love them. J. K. Rowling has created a miracle. I know, I finished the fourth book on Saturday!!! Harry Potter RULES!
I have read the first three books of Harry Potter; but I think that book IV is the best of them all!
I never read a
Potter book nor do I ever hope to read
With all this hype, it must be tripe.
But like a fast food
restaurant, tripe they'll be there when you need some.
I'll try anything to get my granddaughter away
from Pokemon. Of course, she gets them AFTER
I finish reading them.
Yes, Harry Potter is about the magic of getting people to read and read and read. Seems as if this is the goal of educators through out the world. I say bring on more Harry Potter!
J K Rowling does it again! I narrowly beat my 7-year-old daughter down the stairs on Saturday morning when the post arrived. Much to my family's disgust, I then spent the whole of Saturday reading it. I finished around midnight. My daughter has even managed to persuade her father
to read her two chapters a night instead of the usual one. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Keep it up Miss Rowling and roll on the next one.
I haven't read it nor am I going to. I think this book is over-hyped, just like almost everything else in this so-called society of ours.
JK Rowling's book has started my son, who is 12, reading for the first time. I am also hooked and we are fighting over who will read her new novel.
It's fantastic. I finished it on Sunday afternoon, and have started again already. The Harry Potter books are the best thing in children's literature ever. I am 24, no children, and no shame in reading these on the train to work!
Philomena Gavin, England
The pap in what goes for "children's books" had made it impossible for me to choose anything for my bright grandchildren.
Now my 10-year-old granddaughter laps it all up (she has read the first three several times) while my 8-year-old grandson prefers Asterix and Obelix. I will continue buying H.P. stories for them.
Harry Potter is a phenomenon. I never saw people waiting in crowds outside a bookstore at midnight to buy any book before. This is magical stuff, no question about it. Now, I have got to buy a copy. What a success story about a story!
I can't wait to get my hands on my copy - er, I mean my daughter's copy! Since the last one came out we have moved to the USA and, because the US covers are very different, I have ordered mine from Waterstones online.
Of course if I'd known when I ordered it that my hubby would be flying to London tonight and returning on Wednesday.....
My 10-year-old daughter made it first to the post so she is well started. Her 12-year-old brother is applying a little fraternal pressure for her to finish it. Not that it is necessary, she has hardly put the book down since it arrived.
I think this one is just as magical as its predecessors. My grandson has had to wait two days for me to finish it first.
I think the new Harry Potter book is just as brilliant and magical as the first three. I think JK Rowling was really clever to start the book with a dream. I can't wait to finish reading the rest of it!
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