The final book in the Harry Potter saga is being released in just a few hours. The Harry Potter phenomenon has been credited with bringing reading back into young people’s lives, by showing just how enjoyable a good book can be. Waterstone’s buyer Sam Harrison has mentioned before that many authors, including Colfer, experience a sales spike when a new Harry Potter book is released. It would seem that we do owe J.K. Rowling something, and she certainly deserves credit for her series, but how much exactly?
I’ve seen the Artemis Fowl series written off by Harry Potter fans before as a cheap spin-off, and even in positive reviews, it has been dubbed an “Irish Harry Potter.” Is that a little unfair, considering how diverse Colfer’s world is, or is there a justification?
What are you thoughts? Is it Harry Potter one of the first books you remember really loving as a child? Or would Colfer have been just as successful if Potter had never come along?
PS – I’m a huge Harry fan as well. Can’t wait for tonight!