164 Harry Potter New Book Release (050714 Midnight), the Harry Potter’s Popularity, and Owl Photos (Posted: 050714, modified: 050717, 050810 )
 
There will be many events even in Minnesota. For example, see Midnight Magic Party at Mall of America, Bloomington, MN <
 
http://www.mallofamerica.com/events/event_detail.aspx?eventid=6070  >
 
J. K.. Rowling's Harry Potter 6 Debut (Half -Blood Price Videos)
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An interview with Rowling  < http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/feature/-/6230/104-3042611-4287904  >
 
Owl Photos  Raptors & Release and Great Gray Owls and Northern Hawk Owls (spotted in Minnesota ) in the wild
**Picture of the Week**  (Random Corner > Picture of the Week > 050720) "Snowy Owl" Topiary, Arboretum, Chaksa, MN ふくろう
Renaissance Festival Pix
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Japanese 1 : Why are the Harry Potter books so popular
among children and youth?  It's good to know that someone (J.K. Rawling) has created such an amazing world for kids in the world.  I've never read her books  (1-6).  Maybe I may take a look at some. 

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American A: I think that kids love the imaginative world of Harry. I read one of her six books. 
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American B: From what I have heard of Rawling, she was rejected by several publishers, until one accepted her work but didn't promote it much.  After its release, kids really liked it and it spread by word of mouth.

As for its secret, my guess is that kids like the idea of magic, secrets, and exploration.  The kids have special abilities and get to go to a hidden school, and they learn about magic at the school.  There are lots of secrets and surprises to be explored at the school, and hidden dangers too.  Also, the magic gives them some power, even against bad adults.  I think all these themes combined with good writing/storytelling talent and creativity make for a successful series.  I do think that there is a "peer pressure" component to this series -- "everybody else is reading the books and watching the movies, so why can't we?"  So that might make it overblown, but I still think they are good books and movies and deserve most of the success they have had.

They are challenging for young readers, and provide lots of incentive for kids to improve their reading skills.

There are plenty of other good books out there that are just as good or better, in my opinion, but have not had as much success.  For example, I really enjoyed the Great Brain series, and Harriet the Spy, just off the top of my head.

One of my friends and his wife have the Harry Potter series, and they enjoy them.  I have read a couple.  I think my nieces like them, but I don't think they are crazy about them like some of the people who wait in lines at the bookstores.  I just don't understand that.

American C
Harry Potter is a rather good book. My wife and I have read the first 5 and she just bought number 6. Even though the writing is geared toward HS kids, I still find the story interesting (the movies were rather good as well).

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What makes Harry Potter so popular?
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