Originally Posted by Prime Junta
Harry Potter was a big let-down for me. I never even finished the series. The only redeeming feature it has IMO is that the author does capture something real about what it's like to grow up; I imagine that this is why so many pre-teens and teenagers identify with it so strongly. And its flashes of cheerful irreverence are likable too.
But the rest? Derivative, clumsily paced, often clumsily written, sometimes to the point of being downright irritating.