I'm on a mission here... so let's not let this spree die down! I'm on a roll here and as you can see, I'm keeping up my goal with posting more discussion posts that will definitely spark some thinking caps in there somewhere! Today's topic is something a bit more personal. And I'm sure we've got our little Harry Potter fans hiding in the corner over there. Well, come on out! I'm sure you're going to enjoy this post.
The infamous Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is one of the most re-read and just insanely popular series to ever hit the shelves! I, however, never had a chance to read them when I was a child and haven't read them since. Now before you go and rant in the comments below about how awful I am for not have read the series I just want to say that, in my defense, I really really wish I had read the series!
There have always been four main sides of the debate:
1) The people that have already read Harry Potter. And this group tends to have a major obsession over the series, which is obvious because its so amazing! They can just re-read it so many times without ever getting bored of the characters and the magic!
2) And those who haven't read the series. They get cast aside because they either have no idea who Hermione Granger is and they can't be appreciative of the magic that is cast inside the book. These guys have usually no clue when a Harry Potter aficionado comes up to them and quotes something from the book! I am sadly classified under this side.
3) Those who have read the series but really didn't like it. There are very few! These guys are usually discriminated against because of the fact that they didn't enjoy the series as much as some other fan.
4) Finally the group that has decided to watch all the movies but hasn't read a single book in the series. These guys tend to get the most hate because it basically shows that they have no love for the actual book just the special effects and sounds of the movie. I mean, who doesn't love a great movie? Usually some people from this group think they know everything (and I mean everything) about Harry Potter just because they've watched all the movies.
Why bring this up? What the importance?
Well... let's just say I've met readers from group 1 who have most certainly put some hate on those from group 2, 3, and 4. Some, not all, members of group 1 usually get offended when they realize that you haven't read this series. And why did I bring this up? Well.. maybe it just so recently happened to me! Yes, I was maltreated because I have not read the series yet. It's quite sad, really. I don't think its anything to be ashamed of. As long as somebody doesn't say nasty things about the series, they shouldn't be cast aside by other readers. We're all pulled together by one common interest- books! Doesn't matter what type of book or what book in particular because we all just have a love for words and characters.
I admit sometimes I do get upset when people that have only watched the movie became super fans and think they know it all, but that doesn't call for any bad treatment or prejudice against them!! I am going to be reading the Harry Potter series during the month of (I hope) March or April, near spring break perhaps. I'm totally super excited to start the series! I mean I have all the books, and now I'm just waiting for the perfect moment. I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed this discussion post and got a kick out of hearing about my own personal experience with the great debate.
Comment down below, if you want! What side are you on? Do you think people should be mistreated just because they haven't read the series or didn't like it? Let me hear your thoughts :D