15 June, 2021

Look Out For Potter!

Enchanting children's books that have become instant classics

Look Out For Potter!
Who's Harry Potter?" Good gracious, where have you been hiding? Dear, dear, dear, we must rectify this at once!

Harry Potter, for all of you who've been asleep or vacationing on some far planet, is the biggest thing to have hit the publishing scene since, well, since I don't know when. He's huge-I mean, huge for a rather thin 11-year-old English kid with unruly hair and specs. The three books so far published have earned his creator, J.K. Rowling, an unassuming young woman, an almost mythical amount of money and have sold in well-nigh legendary quantities. They've shot her young hero into the limelight-the cover of Time, for example, and you can't get a limier light than that.

But, perhaps it's not so surprising that you don't know who he is-even he doesn't at the beginning of the Potter saga. He thinks he's an extremely ordinary boy, whose parents died in a car crash when he was a baby and has been brought up by his aunt and uncle-the Dursleys of No. 4, Privet Drive-who were perfectly normal, thank you. They were, we're told, "the last people you'd...

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