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  1. Presentation by: Aleshia Harding

  2. Harry Potter • What is Harry Potter? • Fans of Harry Potter • Opposition to Harry Potter

  3. What is Harry Potter? • Harry Potter was written by author J.K. Rowling and published in 1998 • Movies based on the books filmed since 2001 • Six of seven planned volumes released • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released July 2005 • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the movie comes out November 18th • Very popular among fans young and old

  4. Harry Potter Books • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince • Harry Potter and the ???

  5. Who Reads About Harry? • Young children even under the age of 10 • 59% said the books helped them improve reading • 48% said the books made them want to read more • High school and college students • “I love the Harry Potter books; my entire family reads them. We even go out to see the movies together on opening night.” Amy Mangan, a senior at UMCP. • Adults over age 35 (over half of readers!) • Used in college class curriculum • “Witch City” Salem, Massachusetts

  6. Harry Potter’s Opposition • Extremist Christian Groups • Reverend Louis P. Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition • Kjose Ministries • School Boards • Cedarville, Arkansas in 2001

  7. Summary • Harry Potter is popular • People of all ages read it • Some groups believe Harry Potter promotes witchcraft, immoral behavior, and is a bad influence on children • Do you read about Harry?

  8. Any Questions?