So, for those of you who see these books as childish, stop
trying to be SO sophisticated for once, and just let them take
you away to a different place like every great book should.
Again, I refer to Twain: "I conceive that the right way to
write a story for boys is to write so that it will not only
interest boys but strongly interest any man who has ever been
a boy. Quoizel table lamps, That immensely enlarges the
audience." Rowling has absolutely succeeded here.
To another point that I noticed- how there is no elaborate
background as with most fantasies- that actually makes this
book BETTER. Tolkein's Lord Of The Rings is truly classic and
epic, but with all of the history and "flowery stuff" I tend
to get lost in the shrubbery. Rowling, however, sets you off
on the same footing as Harry, which really connects you to
him, and then gradually introduces her world of magic. Quoizel
lamps, This is truly relatable due to its setting in our
modern time, not Middle Earth. Her world of magic is much more
human and less fantastic which makes you really connect to
every witch and wizard. I don't even see these books as that
much fantasy but much more of mystery. Rowling keeps the
reader's attention that way, too.
Overall, if you've never read a Harry Potter book, start on
this one, The Most Magical Book of All Time, and don't look
back. Let yourself go from "sophistication" and the shrubbery
and enjoy yourself. The ride is the best I, for one, have ever
had. As Rowling herself puts it- "The best of us must
sometimes eat our words."