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Chicken Spaghetti & Harry Potter

Last night I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling. Until the kids got on the train to Hogwarts, I was resistant. But, then, whoosh, I was on board...to stretch an analogy. And what I have to say is this: J.K. Rowling should write a sequel. Yes. Using the same characters and the same setting. Should I write and suggest it to her?

Seriously, I don't have any lit-crit to add to the harrypotterology canon, although I did enjoy three-fourths of HP1.

In regard to literary criticism, don't count ole Harold Bloom as a fan. He wrote in a Wall Street Journal  essay about Hans Christian Andersen:

I myself see no distinction between children's literature and good or great writing for extremely intelligent children of all ages. J.K. Rowling and Stephen King are equally bad writers, appropriate titans of our new Dark Age of the Screens: computer, motion pictures, TV.

Bloom's piece on Andersen is one of the few freely accessible things on the Journal's web site, so click away. He dissected HP1  five summers ago, but that  article ("Can 35 Million  Book Buyers  Be Wrong? Yes," 7/11/2000) is not available at WSJ.com unless you want to pay for it.

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