McCrum On Rwoling's Deadly Prose

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The Observer | Review | The World of Books: July 10

When the current generation of Harry Potter readers has grown up, it will look back on the Harry Potter phenomenon with a mixed thrill of intense nostalgia, embarrassment and dismay. Our children's children will certainly read these books, but as curiosities, bizarre literary relics from a lost world. JK Rowling has certainly come up with some great stories. She knows in her bones that children prefer incident to character and, as a spinner of yarns, she is in a class of her own. But try reading her aloud to an eight-year-old and you quickly discover that her prose is deadly - automatic writing, over-literal description and lazy dialogue. Perhaps The Half-Blood Prince will prove me wrong, but the series so far does not hold out much hope... ...

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