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JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling's novels about Harry Potter have become legendary in short time. And for good reasons.

In the world of Harry Potter, ordinary people (muggles) don't know about magic, witches and wizards, unless from fairy tales. They neither know about the power-hungry wizard Voldemort. The muggles don't know that if they are going to live a happy life, they're depending on Harry and his friends to fight and win against Voldemort. The last and seventh book reveals how the struggle ends.

Harry and Draco in a duel. Warner Bros / Harry Potter Publishing Rights

Photo: © 2002 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved. Harry Potter Publishing Rights ©J.K.R.

There would be no excitement if Harry didn't have any foes. His best enemy is Draco Malfoy. The picture above shows a scene from their first duel.

Rowling has told that she intended to write for readers at the same age as Harry has in each book. I.e. the first book is written for 11 years old kids, the second for 12 years old, etc. I think Rowling has done that pretty good. Both the plot, the characters and the language evolves to a more adult setting. That does not prevent grown ups, such as I, to get excited by the story right from the beginning.

Rowling has made the young characters grow and she drags them through the puberty, with all that chaos of emotions and conflicts I remember so well. So what's there to criticize? Every book in the sequel is written for new readers. That way a lot of space is used to explain things we old readers already know.

The first six of the books are available in screen versions. There has been a new director for almost every movie and they appear of uneven quality. I will not try to analyze them. Luckily, except for Dumbledor, all the main characters are played by the same actors from the start.

Last updated April 2010