Wikinfo - Harry Potter
Wikinfo - Harry Potter. Harry Potter is big here with elementary school students in Texas. I have no doubt the books (and movies) are well received in your neck of the woods too. Here is an article about Harry Potter from the web encyclopedia Wikinfo.
From the site:
Harry James Potter is a fictional character and protagonist of a series of fantasy novels by J. K. Rowling the first of which was released in 1997. The books are primarily aimed at children, but have fans of all ages. There is a series of films based directly on the books, the first of which was released in 2001.
According to the author, the stories appeared in her head, fully formed, while she was on a train from Manchester to London.
The sales from the books have, according to unsubstantiated rumours, made her richer than Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Each book in the series chronicles one year in Harry's life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he learns Magic. Seven books are planned, each gradually a little darker than its predecessor as Harry ages and his nemesis, Lord Voldemort, gains power.
The books have been compared to Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, the novels of Diana Wynne Jones, and the works of Philip Pullman; they also fit into a British genre of novels about boarding school life, and the sections involving Potter's relatives the Dursleys remind some readers of Roald Dahl's works.