Just because I feel like stirring up the pot, I’m going to repost a comment I made in the mst3k community, on the subject of Harry Potter, here:
I’ve read the first 2-3 books, and been profoundly unimpresed. The writing is strictly second-rate. I didn’t think it differed from any of the other juvenile pulp that filled library shelves when I was a kid. Somehow HKR manages to make fantasy seem dull and pedestrian. Not to mention the outright disdain she shows for the reader by, for example, including a pivotal chess scene without bothering to learn the rules of the game. As children’s fantasy it lacks the ingenious spark of C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, Madeleine L’engle, or Lewis Carroll. Harry Potter is one of the few cases where I’ve actually enjoyed the movies more than the books, because the excellent cast manages to liven up the drab, uninspired plotlines.
There, I’ve probably now pissed off 100% of my readers. Hit me with your best shot 😉