Oprah, J.K Rowling and the Christian Science Sentinel – Thursday, 23 July, 2015

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First of all you know this is the last year that I’m doing the Oprah Show. I will go on and do other things but when I came to the end of Hallows – the ‘last trace of steam evaporated in the autumn air’, ‘the train rounded a corner’, ‘Harry’s hand was still raised in farewell’. ““He’ll be alright,” murmured Ginny. As Harry looked at her he lowered his hand absentmindedly and touched the lightning scar on his forehead. “I know he will”. The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” When I came to the end of that I mourned not only for the end of the series but for you. I cannot imagine what that was like.

Oprah Winfrey

Interview with J.K. Rowling



From the January 30, 2006 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


Like Jim Bencivenga, I have read the entire series of Harry Potter books and have loved them (see “Harry Potter and the question of good and evil,” January 2). Others have agreed with me that a young reader should be the same age as Harry is in the books. He is a year older in each book, beginning when he is 11.

If a young person read one book a year, s/he would be 16 or 17 with the latest book in the series. And when you consider what this age group is exposed to through other media, we might be quite relieved to see that Harry Potter is their choice. The core of these books is the love and friendship of a group of youngsters who are practicing the Golden Rule and not judging their “neighbor” by their differences.

I agree these books are not for the young child, but suggest we do not miss the beautiful and intricately interesting story that J. K. Rowling is bringing to the seasoned reader and not be distracted by the special effects in movies, which miss the point.