OK, I have to admit it, I seem to have missed the Harry Potter boat entirely. I have not read the books and I have not seen the movies. Yeah, everyone tells me to jump aboard the bandwagon, but that would interfere with my own preferred reading materials (at the moment “Kate: The Woman who was Katharine Hepburn” by William J. Mann, highly, highly recommended!)
I was, however, quite puzzled and bemused to find that the uproar over an early review of the book, published in the NY Times, seems to have re-invigorated the ages-old feud between the US and the UK. Who knew that dribbling information about the latest in a series of childrens’ books could ignite the same sort of fury as the events leading up to the revolutionary war! I quote:
“The New York Times review said its copy was purchased from a New York City store on Wednesday.
A Bloomsbury spokeswoman called the review “very sad”, adding that there was only one more day to wait until the official release in book stores around the world. Twelve million copies of the book have been printed for the U.S. market alone.
She likened the events in the United States to the Boston Tea Party, a protest by American colonists against Britain in 1773.
‘But over here it is blockades as usual, with the embargo being enforced unflinchingly and without exception by all our customers,’ she said.”
Perhaps we are taking Harry Potter just a little bit too seriously?