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  •  here is what Jane Yolan has to say about THAT, (3+ / 0-)
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    when asked directly about the Harry Potter series:

    "I read the first three. The fourth one stopped me in my tracks, partially because even though the story moves along, I just don't feel like they're well written.

    Besides, I wrote a book called "Wizard's Hall" [in 1991, eight years before the first "Harry Potter" book]. And there's an awful lot of "Wizard's Hall" in it [the Harry Potter books].

    I always tell people that if Ms. Rowling would like to cut me a very large check, I would cash it.

    ["Wizard's Hall"] has got a boy named Henry [who] goes to wizard school, doesn't think he has talent. He has a good friend with red hair. There's a wicked wizard who's trying to destroy the school, and the pictures on the wall move and speak and change.

    I have kids who write to me all the time and say, "I thought you had stolen Harry Potter, but my teacher pointed out that you published it eight years before Harry Potter."

    and, yes, I think she is a classy gal, too, for not suing or even kvetching too much.

    •  Oh, yes (3+ / 0-)
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      There are also some strong similarities between Harry's physical appearance and the main character in Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic, as well as the plot, setting, and several characters from a Canadian YA book published in the 1970s.

      Don't get me wrong - I read the Potter books and enjoyed them quite a bit.  But do I think they're masterpieces, or will go down as classics?  I have a feeling they're going to be remembered more for their cultural impact than their literary quality.

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