The Phenomenon of "Harry Potter" and Why it Appeals to so Many.

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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has become a critically acclaimed literary phenomenon. Nearly seven million copies of The Half Blood Prince were sold within the first 24 hours of the book's release in the U.S. alone. Five million copies of its predecessor were sold within the first day of its release. The popularity of the series is increasing with each new installment. Adults and children alike have become enchanted by the bracing tales of Harry, Ron, and Hermione and their valiant adventures. J.K. Rowling's imagination has captured the hearts of millions.

The Harry Potter series appeals to a varied audience. The reason that Harry Potter appeals to many younger children is because of the idea that magical things can exist. Children read Harry Potter because it is an exciting fantasy story filled with witches, wizards, elves, a three-headed dog and other fantastic creatures. What sets the series aside from other fantasy novels is that children can relate to the young wizards.

More specifically, children can relate to Harry and the reason being that he was just an average eleven-year-old boy prior to being taken to Hogwarts. Children want to believe that a wizard will show up at their door and bring them to a school of magic where they can learn how to make potions, cast spells, ride broomsticks, and perform other magical feats. J.K. Rowling's extravagant imagination keeps children excited in what they are reading.

Harry Potter not only appeals to young children but it fascinates adults also. There are Harry Potter fan clubs for adults, websites devoted to Harry's older fans, and there are integrated message boards and news forums for adult fanatics. Adults love to read Harry Potter because it is an escape from their grown up lives. Reading the series allows working class...