J.K. Rowling did something utterly amazing with the Harry Potter series – she helped an entire generation of kids rediscover the joys of reading. Even better, she drew in adults as well, appealing to young and old alike. My kids grew up with Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and we have fond memories of spending hours with them, both in the book and cinematic form. They were detailed and complex and the characters were as real as if they were truly our own friends . . .
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