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J.K. Rowling round up

July 13, 2017

J.K. Rowling round up

I believe that the

Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

will be read 100 years from now. I put them in the same category of significance as the Wizard of Oz series (still being read more than a century after the first books in the series were published) and the Lord of the Rings series.

Are books like that just inherently better than books which don’t survive?

I certainly think they are superior to most books, but that’s hardly going to be the only factor.

All three of those series have had culturally impactful adaptations, and that has to be part of it. Interest in the Oz series had the powder of life sprinkled on it when the 1939 movie (which had not been a beloved, box office blockbuster when first released) began to be shown on television.

They’ve also been available to the masses. Paperbacks of LotR, for example, are how many people discovered them. The Harry Potter books are available through

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They’ve also all built detailed worlds…there is an argument that detail helps build culture amongst readers, and helps with repeat readings and scholarly analysis.

However, the authors are, I think, also a part of the success. There is a lot of mythos around Tolkien writing the books. People know the name of L. Frank Baum, and I think they have an idea of who the author was.

J.K. Rowling, author of the HP books, is very well known, and again, has a solid mythos that readers know.

Lately, JKR has been in the news (which is not new).

One story was about the author writing a manuscript on a party dress…and the theme of the party was your worst private nightmare. The nightmare? A lost manuscript…

Rowling also comments on the current political situation publicly, and responds to perceived injustices by people on the internet.

It’s rare, though, that we get a substantive, sit down interview.

You can see one (which lasts about twenty minutes) here:

J.K. Rowling interview with Christiane Amanpout (video)

That’s the origin of the dress story, as I understand it…I’ve watched the interview and recommend it, but I don’t know for sure that the story might not have been (much less) well-known before that.

What got Rowling to do the interview?

Lumos

Rowling’s non-profit working to deinsitutionalize children around the world.

There are children in orphanages (who may not even actually be orphans) who live in disheartening, even dangerous, conditions.

That’s what Rowling wants to change…ending institutionalization of approximately ten million children worldwide by 2050.

It’s great to see someone who has gotten great success wanting to use it to make a positive difference in the world. Lumos is named after a Harry Potter spell, and you can certainly see some parallels with Harry, but to me, it was clear this is simply about doing good.

I applaud J.K. Rowling’s efforts.

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