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(September 2004)

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" by J.K. Rowling'

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Maureen Kinkaid Speller (October 2000)
Bill Wright (October 2000)

MAUREEN KINKAID SPELLER writes (October 2000):

You may join the ranks of people in Acnestis, the little apa I run, who profess themselves generally baffled by the rampant popularity of J.K. Rowling. Okay, so the kids love her; that's fine. No problem with that at all. But the hype surrounding her work is just bizarre. As PaulK has observed, haven't any of these people ever read a Jennings book? Well, actually, I haven't, but I'm equally familiar with a whole slew of girls' boarding school books, and these are the same with added magic, and a great word - Quidditch. And, three books down the line (I've not read volume four yet), a certain familiarity of structure sets in.

And yet the woman is greeted as though she is some kind of literary messiah: an OBE was it, assorted honorary degrees, the deluded belief she can dictate to the BBC how her work will be read out on Radio 4 (with no abridgements, she say[s], or not at all as the beeb will doubtless say - nothing wrong with abridgement if done properly).

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BILL WRIGHT writes (October 2000):

Thanks also for the review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Joanna Rowling. It explains why I found the book so difficult to re-read 'though I couldn't put in down on first encounter.

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