Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Stephen King Weighs In on Harry Potter

"Jo Rowling's kids grew up...and the audience grew up with them."

My buddy Fran sent me this link today:

Stephen King on Harry Potter

I particularly like this quote from King, explaining how the Harry Potter series was much more than books for children:

The clearest sign of how adult the books had become by the conclusion arrives — and splendidly — in Deathly Hallows, when Mrs. Weasley sees the odious Bellatrix Lestrange trying to finish off Ginny with a Killing Curse. ''NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!'' she cries. It's the most shocking bitch in recent fiction; since there's virtually no cursing (of the linguistic kind, anyway) in the Potter books, this one hits home with almost fatal force. It is totally correct in its context — perfect, really — but it is also a quintessentially adult response to a child's peril.

Be sure to read all three pages!


Tim said...

since there's virtually no cursing

I haven't heard it mentioned that Ron was fond of saying "effing" a lot in this last book. I'm wondering if it just went under people's radar or what.

I saw it as a nod to those kids who grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione and certainly have heard worse out of the mouths of their peers. It was a way to show that the three had come of age.

featherbee said...

I liked the part about kids and their imaginations, with him watching the boy poking something on the sidewalk with a stick! A very interesting and insightful article. Thanks for sharing!

Jen Robinson said...

Thanks so much for linking to this article. I'd stopped reading them, because I thought I was Harry Pottered out, but I really enjoyed this one.