The two sources I trust the most have finally weighed in on the Harry Potter phenomenon.
On the front page of the Book Review, The New York Times printed a review that revealed no major spoilers (although if you’re not aware of the ending by now, it’s time to sublet that granite subterranean flat you’ve been living in). Reviewer Christopher Hitchens takes a few high brow swipes at the series as a whole and the final volume in particular, but I expected nothing less.
The most anticipated analysis came from my Uncle Stevie over at the Bible of Popular Culture, commonly known as Entertainment Weekly. Stephen King has been the most loyal reader and defender of Harry Potter , J.K. Rowling and their combined exploits. He is also one of the most astute commentators on the state of today’s popular culture.
I’m still mulling over Hitchens’ piece and his perceptive parallels drawn between Orwell, Dickens, Kipling and Conan Doyle and Rowling. Your thoughts?