Harry Potter overload!

United States
July 23, 2007 7:53am CST
I cannot believe all of the commotion made over this book and character. In our newspaper last Sunday - the very front page of the main section of the paper was all about Harry Potter. That is ridiculous! There are so many other things going on in this world and that was on the front page of the newspaper. On the front page of the entertainment section, maybe, but front page?!?! This week there was a review about the ending of the book but had warnings "Don't read if you don't want to know the ending", and it was printed upside down in the newspaper. I read some of the very first book and while I think it is well written, I didn't desire to finish it and my children won't be reading any of them. I just don't approve of the content and there are tons of other things they can and are reading without getting sucked into Harry Potter. Is anyone else on Harry Potter overload???
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
24 Jul 07
I totally agree with you about this one. Harry Potter is not a good role model for the children and they should not be reading any of that junk. I am very tired of hearing about this whole thing. When parents work their tails off to teach their children the right thing and a thing like this comes along it is very frustrated, but if you are raising them right, they will not want any part of this kind of anti-Christ garbage.
@hob684 (53)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I'm having a hard time typing this because I'm laughing so hard at your ignorance. Please, DON'T send your children to college because they are going to have to read those classic novels and plays that include murder, treachery, backstabbing, etc. I think it's funny that you call Harry Potter a bad role model, when I'm sure you've never even read the books to see what Harry Potter is all about. You've probably just listened to your preacher or some other church member saying it was bad so you say the same thing. That is so ignorant. I am a Christian, and I fully intend on letting my children read these books. Why? Because they are well written books that carry the theme of most ALL classic novels and plays....Good vs. Evil. If you teach your children the right thing, then reading a book won't sway them from that. Too many people are ignorant in thinking that Harry Potter is all about witchcraft and blah blah. Magic in this book is not how people view witchcraft in life. It's not a religion, like Wicca. This book contains themes of friendship, bravery, and standing up for what you believe in. If those aren't things you want your children to learn in life, then I feel sorry for you and your children. There is at least one character in that book that every child on earth can relate to. The poor child who struggles with being made fun of for not having the nicest things on earth. A child from an "outcast" family who is striving to be the best at everything so she can prove herself to her peers. A child who was orphaned and never had a real family. A child who struggles with school and making friends. A child who believes different things that others and is ridiculed for her eccentric ways...and so many more characters that someone can relate to. I think censorship is wrong in the first place, but when a parent keeps a BOOK from their child, when the parents has probably never read it and based their opinion on hearsay is just sad. If you recall, some of the greatest novels ever written were banned by schools and parents, etc. It didn't stop them from being classics, and by the time your children are in college, one of the Harry Potters will probably be a book they have to read. If not, they'll read something like King Lear by Shakespeare and read about murder and things much worse than a kid making a feather levitate.
• United States
24 Jul 07
If I don't want my children to read a book full of casting spells and witchcraft, then that is my choice. There are so many other great books out there, why allow them to read something that I just don't think is necessary. I know there is friendship, bravery etc. in these books, but I don't like the preface that it is tangled in with the children being wizards or whatever. I didn't say that the book should be banned. . .I just said that the media coverage and news articles are getting a little out of hand and I, for one, am sick of hearing about it.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
24 Jul 07
If this Harry Potter crap is the only way for my children to learn about friendship and love, then they will not be learning about it. I am sure that God would agree with me and that is why he created the Bible. So, before you go pointing the ignorant finger at someone else, take a look in the mirror.
@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
23 Jul 07
I guess it doesn't really bother me. I read the first one and half of the second one, but I've been meaning to start over and read them all. I think they are really well written books. But I can see how it can be annoying that everywhere you go you see Harry Potter stuff. I try to not let it bother me though. Last night at Walmart the girl behind me in line was telling her friend everything that happened in the last book! I had to walk out of that line so she didn't spoil it for me!
@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Oh girl, I would have turned around and told her to stop spoiling it for everyone!! I would have gone off on her!
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• Canada
23 Jul 07
Harry Potter is getting almost as much press coverage as Paris Hilton got, a few weeks ago. I think it's absolutely crazy!!! This book isn't just selling a million copies, individual STORES are selling a million copies of the final Harry Potter book. YIKES!
@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
23 Jul 07
Quite frankly, I think we should be mad about how much press coverage Paris Hilton gets over getting a DUI, rather than press coverage about an awesome book that will be sitting with the classics in the bookstore. I think we need to prioritize here, people...why are we getting mad about a book getting a lot of hype, but not getting mad about a celebrity who's famous for doing NOTHING getting hype. What is wrong with the world today that we think a pathetic celebrity's jail time is more important than a book that has encouraged millions upon millions of children to read, in a country where literacy is ridiculously low.
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I’m with you on this one- I haven’t read a single book nor seen the movies- I have the book set- It’s for my daughter if she chooses to read it at some time- She is 10 now- and I think it might be too old for her to grasp- She has watched all the movies and really enjoys them- Her dad took her- I would not. You do get sick of seeing it everywhere- and I mean everywhere- I can’t believe that she is done writing them- for such a big hit- she could still make tons of money!
@meenneixz (668)
• Philippines
24 Jul 07
i like that said book.....i think i want to read it ill look for some copy of it