Just finished a binge-read and binge-watch of the HP books and DVD's. Still got really upset over (spoiler alert) the demise of poor Hedwig. It was an immersion into Potterworld and I was very sad to leave it - it made for a welcome respite from all the election-related flak and general unpleasantness.
There's just so much that makes me laugh in Pym's writing. I don't have a favourite, just some I like better than others Excellent Women, Jane and Prudence, and An Unsuitable Attachment are those I particularly like, but I'm reading No Fond Return of Love right now and enjoying it. English life in a long ago era.
I have never read any of the books, nor seen any of the films and I don't want to. The more something is pushed at me as a 'must read' 'must see' the more it ensures I do neither.
Neither have I and I have no wish to.
How ever when the first books came out before any of the films.
It did encourage a lot of children to start reading books and that can only be a good thing
In my view I think it only encouraged children who are already readers. They are so long and difficult for struggling readers. I have seen many a special kid pretending they have read it when they have no chance as you know they can only read like a seven or eight year old, and that is really sad.
I agree that they are no good for those who find reading difficult, but they are good for those who can read but don't enjoy reading. Finding appropriate books for older children who cannot read with confidence is a real problem. I was fortunate that both my sons could read before they started school, as could I, many years earlier.