Yes - we do.
The Harry Potter series may not be the most intellectual (whatever that is) or Rowling the most technically proficient of authors, but I do think she is more than capable of coming up with a story and setting so full of detail that readers want to know what happens next and care enough for the characters to want to know what happens to them. She has made it cool to read for a whole generation of children - therefore I salute her. My 11 year old has read the series and is currently reading Pride and Prejudice: Perhaps she is to be pitied and laughed at too. Reading is not as simple as wanting to play the latest Nintendo game. Children are just not that gullible when it comes to book choice and I doubt very much that tens of millions of them are wrong. I have read the whole series of `Potter' books and am widely read in the classics. I dare say I will read them all again, as I tend to do when I enjoy books, and continue to be able to read and appreciate the classics. If you do not like an author, band or programme then do not read, listen or watch. An attitude so blinkered and narrow, and so dismissive of something on the grounds you do not like it, truly is pitiable and laughable. To belittle anyone reading something you do not personally approve shows, quite frankly, a rather immature and, I would go so far as to say, nasty outlook on life. Perhaps we should write off Shakespeare given the rumours that he gleaned rather a lot from his contemporaries in his great works. No of course I am not putting Rowling in the same bracket as Shakespeare - I feel confident she would laugh her head off if I did. As to not deserving her money - that smacks of jealousy more than anything else.