Leaky Con may be old news to some of you, but even so, you should check out this article from the Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row section. It’s all about young adults talking about the effect the Harry Potter series had on them and how it made them life-long readers.
Being a Harry Potter fan may mean something more than just having a love of fantastical series:
Suzanne Keen, English professor and interim dean at Washington and Lee University, said she was struck that the sophomores who took her seminar last fall on Charles Dickens were far more capable of dealing with his long material than the students who took the class five years earlier.
“They had in effect learned how to deal with very long fiction, multi-plot novels, large casts of characters, humorous satire,” Keen said. She said other English professors have noticed similar improvements in students’ abilities to handle Victor Hugo’s work and William Makepeace Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair.”
What’s your take? Do you think Harry Potter has prepared you to read more, and perhaps more literary classics? Are you a part of “Gen Hex”? And what about JKR’s new book, The Casual Vacancy? Anybody picking it up?