It was only a matter of time until a book like Harry Potter: Feminist Friend or Foe? hit the presses. I have an affinity for feminist perspectives and a tolerance for “Law &” just about anything. I liked the Harry Potter series (although I think it jumped the shark in the Half-Blood Prince), too. But for some reason, this book doesn’t interest me at all. Maybe I’m too 21st-century (dare I say “third-wave”?) to think that “friend” vs. “foe” is so easy to distinguish.
Harry Potter, as a character or as a phenomenon, doesn’t concern me too much. He/it is just another springboard for interesting conversations, not an ideology that I have to adopt or even an “influence” to be avoided. Ditto for Deenie, Forever and all of the other books my school librarians never wanted kids to read.