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Fun, but deriative reads
on 2 January 2001
I've read all four Harry Potter books and enjoyed this and the third ones the most. Ms. Rowling tends to be formulaic, her monsters very reminiscent of those to be found in other fantasy novels and even television programs, but her endings are all very good and her sarcastic tone and delivery (which are again reminiscent of Susan Townsend's) lively.
Despite their shortcomings, the Harry Potter books are addictive--like popcorn. For truly lovely fantasy books to be enjoyed for older children and adults though, I hope people still read the Mary Poppins series and, of course, the Tolkien triology.