Harry Potter Film or Book?

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The Christmas break seems a particularly good time to enjoy those very long texts one has never time for. In this occasion we have chosen to see the complete Harry Potter film series, the whole eight movies in a row and in just five days. My partner had previously stopped at number four (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), finding details hard to remember from one film to the other, and I at number five (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), disappointed with the hurried pace and the low emotional intensity (particularly in relation to Sirius Black’s fate). I forget to mention my partner has not read the seven volumes. I have. Twice…

Seeing the films is for me work rather than just leisure, as I have always wanted to teach an elective subject about Rowling’s series (published between 1997 and 2007). Yet, this is already 2013 (tomorrow) and I wonder whether by the time I manage to programme that elective, say in two years time, there will be any student left who remembers Harry Potter. I hope so. I know that fantasy readers’ interest is now focused on George R. R. Martin’s exciting series A Song of Ice and Fire but, to be honest, I haven’t started reading it yet out of a concern that ageing Martin might die before the promised final volume materialises (I have seen season 1 of the TV adaptation, though, and enjoyed it very much).

The academic interest in Rowling’s series, by the way, has not yet peaked out. MLA mentions 442 sources, with 57 entries for 2003 in comparison with just 7 for 2012 (obviously, not yet completed; there are 32 publications for 2011). Um, this quite surprises me, as I assumed that interest would be ebbing by now; then, of course, academic publishing moves slowly and the original child readers are now becoming young academics. I myself, not in that category at all, have not yet written my Harry Potter essay, started a few years ago…...

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