Success of Harry Potter
\"Rowling, the rags-to-riches British writer whose series on a schoolboy wizard has enthralled children across the world, has had fans lining up for hours in the rain on a tumultuous tour of the eastern United States.
It\'s as if she\'s a rock star or all-star athlete. \"Can you imagine what that\'s like, to get out of a car at a normal book signing and there\'s a thousand people outside screaming at you? It\'s amazing,\" she said.\"
And what of the controversy raised by some parents who worry the tale of a young wizard promotes witchcraft and the occult? Her answer is direct and unforgiving. \"I absolutely did not start writing these books to encourage any child into witchcraft,\" she says with an uncomfortable chuckle. \"I\'m laughing slightly because to me, the idea is absurd.\"
\"I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, \'Ms. Rowling, I\'m so glad I\'ve read these books because now I want to be a witch.\' They see it for what it is,\" she emphasized. \"It is a fantasy world and they understand that completely.\"