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.
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.