But the real shame of this is that I always thought Harry Potter was a stupid story told to children, and in my desperate hopes to grow up and grow up as fast as possible, it slipped me by. I exchanged HP for the evening news, so to speak. But Christ is it a magnificent piece of fiction. These are the new children's tales, and I'll be damned if I don't tell them to my kids when I have children.
Harry Potter--taken as a whole, movies and books--is a great work of art. Moralistic and childish? Sure, but not all the time, and its value doesn't diminish because of that.
Can anyone else say they "grew up" with a cast of actors/actresses? How can you not appreciate the pure audacity of keeping the same children as they grow older? They had a shot of Harry in the first movie and I couldn't help but think: "Was it really that long ago?"
I missed HP by about 9 years; don't hate HP (if you do hate it); accept HP as a great piece of modern fiction.