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"I didn't write with a target audience in mind. What excited me was how much I would enjoy writing about Harry. I never thought about writing for children --- children's books chose me. I think if it is a good book anyone will read it."         -- J.K. Rowling

Children
Explaining why children love Harry Potter is not a difficult task. Some people attribute it to the fact that the books are written from a child’s-eye view. It is easy for children to imagine themselves in the story. Others claim that children are attracted to the comfortable, funny and even slightly frightening material. Yet another theory suggests that kids love Harry Potter because Harry is a true hero.

I think it’s safe to assume that children love Harry Potter for a variety of reasons, including the ones just mentioned. Children, however, are not the only fans of the series.

"I really wrote it entirely for myself; it is my sense of humour in the books, not what I think children will find funny, and I suppose that would explain some of the appeal to adults."                     -- J.K. Rowling


Adults
Many adults, myself included, have shown great interest in Harry Potter. While reasons that children have for their interest are simple enough and expected, it’s not as clear-cut for adults.

From what I’ve noticed, based on Web site comments, various articles, as well as through personal experience; adults love Harry Potter for a variety of reasons as well.

Some people say they enjoy the mythology that is present throughout the novels, which they can read into. Others claim that while the books are not great literature they are well put together and provide a light read. Still many others say it’s a matter of regression to childhood and nostalgia. I personally feel that one of the main reasons HP appeals to so many people in general is quite simple… pleasure!

An Internet Article on Cleveland.com discussed this very topic. In it, the writer says that we read fiction to connect. “In that rare occasion when we find a book that appeals to our heads and our hearts, we give thanks for the miracle of literature.”

There is plenty of mature, complicated and thought-provoking writing available for adults to read, but enjoying this type of book once in a while is exactly what we “adults” need.

J.K. Rowling is extremely visual a writer, and her books have been described as amusing diversions. I believe this adds to our ability as readers to escape our daily lives and truly experience Harry’s magical world. That is definitely something that many adults are charmed by.

Whatever the specific reasons may be, different fans have their own opinions for continuing to love Rowling’s creation. While not all adults and even all children are Harry Potter fans, the important thing to remember is that those who do enjoy HP (for whatever reasons) are free to do so.

Fans, young and old, can continue to read Harry Potter because they are required by school, because they’re trying to catch any mistakes Rowling may have made, or simply because they feel like it!

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