Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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The old adage goes: If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, does it make a sound? My question: If a Harry Potter movie premieres and you don’t see it, does it exist?
The answer, I guess, is yes and no. Yes in reality, no in my world. I have not read any of the series of books by J.K. Rowling, nor have I seen more than a trailer of any of the ensuing films based on her works. I’m not sure how unique that makes me, but in the world of pop culture, I’m certainly in the minority.
I have nothing against Harry or the books and movies he appears in. From the very beginning of the phenomenon, I’ve read and understood that the series appeals to adults as well as kids. And I think it’s great that Rowling has inspired so many new readers.
It’s just not my cup of tea. For whatever reason, I’ve never even been tempted to start one of the books. Although, full disclosure, I can cop to being caught up enough in the hoopla of the final book installment — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” — that I went to a book store and read the final 10 pages so I’d know how it ended.
But having no investment in Harry or his journey, I felt no emotions after reading the ending, just a sense that I was at least marginally in on it. Same goes for the final movie, which premieres this week and will make countless dollars, none of them mine.
The very name “popular culture” suggests that my decision to forgo Harry is an unpopular one. But the only troubles it seems to have caused me is not having much to read in the last issue of Entertainment Weekly — a Harry special — and some difficulty with Potter-themed crossword clues.
I don’t doubt the quality of Rowling’s efforts or the joy her writing has brought to the masses. It’s just that when it comes to pop culture, Potter isn’t my Harry of choice.
Email Todd Cline at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears on Wednesdays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/toddcline.