I usually am very wary of fad books. In my experience, they almost never are all that they’re cracked up to be. Thus, I didn’t touch the Harry Potter series until about a year and a half ago, and in fact I tended to poo-poo them. But then I finally caved and read the first one, mostly to prove to the world that I really wouldn’t like it.

But I did. I couldn’t put it down, just like everyone said. It was book-candy: a great story without too much density but fun all the same. It doesn’t use my academic brain but does engage my imagination.

So, six books and how many hundreds of pages? later… I’m actually waiting excitedly for number seven to come out and the fifth movie to come out and feeling slightly silly about it all.

I am impressed with how the books grow as the characters in them grow — these are truly books you could grow with as an adolescent, reading each book when you are Harry’s age and encountering a lot of age-appropriate and socially important themes.

Besides that, though I never imagined saying it, they are just quality books for anyone looking for something fun to read.