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In defence of adult readers of Harry Potter

I had promised myself not to get drawn into the debates that seem to have taken over almost every medium (radio, TV, online) about whether adults should be reading the latest Harry Potter book. It seems to me the height of arrogance for anyone to tell me what I should or should not read.

But then, of course, we have to remember that this prescriptive (and indeed proscriptive) attitude is being adopted by arrogant pseudo-intellectuals. Perhaps they still think that reading should be restricted to the literary elite and not wasted on anyone who didn’t go to the right Oxbridge college. They are no doubt still mourning the invention of the printing press and the expansion of education beyond clerics and aristocracy. Continue reading ‘In defence of adult readers of Harry Potter’