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Harry Potter and the ardour of the critiques - theage.com.au

Jane Sullican, in The Age, takes to task some of the HP nay-sayers:

"...what Enid Blyton did for me is precisely what Byatt claims that badly written popular books can never do: they gave me the shiver of awe we feel looking through Keats's "magic casements, opening on the foam/ Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn".
Time enough to discover real magic in literature when readers are older. But perhaps with all her adult learning and experience, Byatt has forgotten that for children in particular, Keats's magic casements are often tawdry, fairground things: it's where you get to beyond and what you take with you that counts, and that experience is entirely in the mind of the young reader."

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