You know when you've arrived as an author when you can say HP and people automatically know you're referring to Harry Potter, not Hewlett Packard.
Well, I'm a late bloomer. I read HP 1-3 straight through several years ago. They were nice stories for kids. Then I read #4 and thought it was a little too dark. When I read #5, I was disappointed because I kept waiting for something "big" to happen in such a long book. Nothing did.
I've seen the movies with my kids, but only several weeks after the intial release to avoid the massive crowds.
I haven't read #6, but it's not because I've avoided it. Just so many good books, so little time.
But . . . This past month, my daughter has been listening to the audio of HP #1, and despite my editor's antenna, I've really enjoyed the story. I'm starting to understand the craze, the obsession, although I wouldn't put myself in that category.
I actually feel excited when each new event happens, even though I know the outcome. I think what I've enjoyed the most is the excellent characterization. There has been a lot of criticism in writer's circles of the heavy adverb usage, the info dumping and some cliches. But once you relax the "rules" it's easy to get caught up in the story. It makes you appreciate the incredible creativity of Ms. Rowling.
This past week I read an article about how JK wrote the final pages of book 7 in a hotel room. And she cried uncontrollably. What struck me interesting was that she wrote in a hotel room in the first place. Maybe she's a mom? Ah, can I relate.
But the good news is: Even J.K. Rowling has to get away sometimes. :)