I love juvenile and children's literature. It doesn't matter how old I become, I think I will always be found in the kids' and teens' sections of bookstores and libraries. And, the Harry Potter series is definitely one of those that made my top list in this genre.
Anyway, these are my top reasons why the Harry Potter series rocks:
1) It's the perfect example that a great story simply shines. Regardless of what people might think or say about JK Rowling's writing, or the 'theme' of the books, etc - the truth of the matter is: a good story is one that resonates. It captures the imagination of people - regardless of age, heritage or language. I love the clever use of words and names... with a sprinkling of British humour here and there.
2) It stayed interesting all through the years. I don't know many books that had been as anticipated with every release.
3) It's living proof of what it means to triumph over adversities. And no, I'm not just talking about the stories. I'm talking about how JK Rowling conceived this book as a single mum with a lot of pressures --- and how she brought it all to publication. And, how it overcame all the criticisms that were thrown to the books (from being accused of anti-Christianity to the lack of literary merit and from legal issues to feminist criticisms). A great lesson in perseverance - and simply ignoring the critics and naysayers, among other things.
4) It made young people read. Yes, yes... this has been said many times before. But, to me, this is really fantastic. The fact that many kids who might not have otherwise read a book in their life was introduced to the beauty of reading is just simply amazing.
Yes, there are other reasons why I like Harry Potter. But, these should do for now. What about you? Are you a Harry Potter fan or not? Why? Do you have a favourite book in the series? How did you get in to Harry Potter?
To answer my own questions...