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Interest Lost in Harry Potter?

Published June 27, 2005 in Novel News
By Ryan Parsons | Image from Amazon
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Prove them wrong, purchase at Amazon
Multiple reports have been streaming in about how pre-sales for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are breaking records [we have posted some of these reports]. Judging by the sales numbers contained in the reports, you would think that the Harry Potter fan base is growing. However, according to the latest report, Harry Potter may be losing interest with existing readers and having problems picking up new teenage readers. What!

Half-Blood Prince = Increased Pre-Orders != Popularity

According to a report from the LA Times, the popularity of the Potter series comes down to a simple statement-- 'It's about a little wizard boy, and when you're a teenager you're just not caring what happens to the guy with the wand. I just wasn't caught up with them. I never put on a cape and had a wand myself'. The book has slowly spread its influence among the older generations and the youngest kids, but now it seems to have opened a gap between the two age groups. But why?

Personally, I don't think this should be much of an issue that any Potter fan should bother themselves with. My first problem with the article is it seems to look more at 'Potter nuts' than just Potter readers. Obviously, the number of people who read Harry Potter continues to grow; hence the increase in sales for Half-Blood Prince. Any person who has read all of the five Potter books is pretty much guaranteed for a reading of HBP.

Scholastic, the publisher of the Harry Potter books, responded to this issue by stating, 'Of course, we've lost some, but I don't believe we've lost [a lot of] readers. I believe we have expanded to parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents. And then we have the new readers. The beauty of the children's market is that our readers come into the market and they grow with us. There are new children every year who are ready for Harry Potter.'

Another issue that can have the largest role to play is the number of teenagers that actually read. We have the young children who get read to, and then we have the young to old adults who just enjoy reading. The fact that Harry Potter is a 'kid's tale' should make no difference, considering the fact that death and violence both do occur in the books.

I believe the biggest problem is this-- there are people out there who hear about Harry Potter and think what a nerdy premise it is. Take me for instance; I made fun of the idea for the first film Sorcerer's Stone. After being pleaded with by multiple people, I was 'forced' to read Harry Potter. I ended up reading all five books within three months, I was that addicted. I am now trying to convince my dad to give this series a try, but he is even more hesitant than I am. Why is Harry Potter a best-selling novel? Cause it is just that damn good!

To read the whole report on Harry Potter, go to the LA Times

For more info on the movie, go to the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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