Letter to the Editor: Grandfather a Potter Fan
Thanks for the insightful review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I certainly agree with all your specific observations.
Indeed, I pointed out to everyone whom I could get to listen, after reading the previous book (#5) in the series, that these books constituted some of the best sub rosa libertarianism around. And to think that they are actually popular, to boot!
Yes, Harry (along with his companions) has grown up in book #6. I noticed that there was quite a lot of "adult" darkness and seriousness in the last book, as well -- which I think is all to the good.
And I, too, could not miss Dumbledore's trenchant comment about tyrants fearing their victims. I also note, as I hope you have, that, throughout these books, we see kids bravely and forthrightly doing what they know to be right (not to mention necessary) while nearly all the adult "authority figures" around them are simultaneously displaying their incompetence and proclaiming their infalliabilty.
I can't wait for the final book (although I'm going to be sorry it is the last one!). And I'm glad that Ms. Rowling has become one of the richest individuals in the world by writing them, and I'm even gladder that my grandchildren enjoy reading them just as much as I do.
--Patrick L. Lilly, August 5, 2005