Harry Potter and the Childish Adult


In yesterday's New York Times there's a small [but reg. req.] op ed about the oft beloved Harry books. Rather than bashing them from the "right-wing anti-wizard" perspective, this analysis (and perhaps dismissal) comes from the "I'm an intellectual, anti-bad writing" perspective:

Ms. Rowling's magic world has no place for the numinous. It is written for people whose imaginative lives are confined to TV cartoons, and the exaggerated (more exciting, not threatening) mirror-worlds of soaps, reality TV and celebrity gossip. Its values, and everything in it, are, as Gatsby said of his own world when the light had gone out of his dream, "only personal." Nobody is trying to save or destroy anything beyond Harry Potter and his friends and family.

Read the full piece.