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Posted By: Rowan
27-Jul-07 - 01:53 AM
Thread Name: BS: HP7 - Opinions? Contains Spoilers
Subject: RE: BS: HP7 - Opinions? Contains Spoilers
Daughter number one got her copy at 9am (Eastern Standard Time in Oz) and, despite playing one netball game, coaching another and watching an hour of Dr Who. managed to finish it 16.5 hours later. The only laugh I heard I asked her about and she quoted the Potterwatch comment on "moving faster than Snape confronted by shampoo". She thought it a good read and, without letting me in on the contents, mentioned that "everything was explained by the end."

I suppose I'm so inured to the use of language inherited from Anglo-Saxons that Mrs Weasley's expostulation didn't faze me at all. I recall hearing some literature critic (who reportedly writes for the Guardian) being interviewed on ABC Radio National and describing the Potter series as one-dimensional writing. Well, to my mind, there's a place for esoteric literature and there's a place for ripper yarns; for me, the Potter series is a great sequence of ripper yarns. Having been around the traps for a while I could, if I so chose, read all sorts of resonances and meanings into them and I dare say there'll be more than one PhD on the published texts, let alone any drafts that may come to light. Good luck to such people; I don't need to go there.

Cheers, Rowan