The Problem With Harry Potter

You’d think after 7 books, 8 movies, theme parks and spin off books (e.g. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) , we’d have had enough of Harry Potter. But no. We are going to be blessed with a spin off play and a spin off series of films.

I don’t question the fact that Harry Potter is a decent series, but I don’t think it deserves to continue getting so much attention. This leads me to the “problem” with Harry Potter: it never ends. Book shops in England have whole sections dedicated to the series, Primark is full of overpriced Harry Potter t-shirts, and despite the main series having ended years ago we just can’t seem to let go of it.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Harry Potter as much as the next person, but it is so overrated! And these days, it seems to be more about making as much money as possible by rehashing the covers and churning out tons of overpriced merchandise than promoting a quality series.

Maybe I’m blowing this out of proportion, but this obsession with all things Potter is getting a little crazy. I’ve never seen another series get so much worldwide attention and have such a dedicated fan-base. And the fact is, Harry Potter is good for a kids book,  but it isn’t exactly a masterpiece. It’s a book about some posh wizard kids at boarding school. All that makes it stand out is that JK Rowling has combined the boarding school story with a wizard story and made something sort of original.

Meanwhile, more underrated series in the fantasy genre like School for Good and Evil and the Inheritance Cycle get such a limited amount of attention even though they are just as good as Harry Potter. It doesn’t seem fair that this series should continue to dominate for so long when at the end of the day there are better books out there. If I was a parent, I’d rather my child read a variety of less popular  novels than was just obsessed with this Harry Potter craze.

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