13 November 2005
ELAINE SMITH: GROWN-UP HARRY FANS ARE POTTY
LIKE every other parent of an 11-year-old, I'll be trooping off to the cinema in the next couple of weeks to see the current Christmas smash.
This year it's Harry Potter. My daughter loves the movies and books and I have enjoyed the time we've spent reading them together.
But I have always been suspect of adults who say they read and love the books.
I find that weird. Either they haven't grown up or they don't read very much.
The sight of adults dressed up as wizards at the film openings is too much for me and I suspect their sanity.
The dementors must have got to them. Grow up, will you?
These books are great for kids but asking me to read them for my own pleasure would be like inviting me to take up majorettes.
I think JK Rowling is fantastic and her life story is an inspiration to every woman struggling as a single parent.
Her campaigning for and donations to organisations doing great work shows she has not forgotten how difficult life can be.
But her books are for children - trying to tell me they are on a par with great adult literature is just daft
Personally I think Elaine should grow up! I think Harry Potter books are ageless in the way all good stories are, and if people enjoy them why should it matter what age they are? Who is Elaine to criticise others for enjoying something that doesn't harm others? There's also the fact that the HP series contains many different layers and references to mythology and history that is cleary geared towards older fans =).And like I imagine most adult HP fans are (as I am) very well read. I read from all genres, from ancient greek tragedy to contemporary fiction =).