Harry Potter isn’t for everyone

November 1, 2010 — by Megan Benzing and Aanchal Mohan

As the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” set for release Nov. 18, comes closer, many teenagers are rushing to buy tickets. It is part one of the dramatic close to the worldwide phenomenon and it has everyone excited and nostalgic. They have read all the books and cannot wait for it to debut on screen. Yet for seniors Grace Kim and Andy Jan, this is not the case. The magical effect of Harry Potter has not put them under the same spell as all the fans.

“It’s not that I don’t like the movies, it’s just that I don’t find them as entertaining as other movies,” said Jan. “The magic and special effects are cool but I feel like the story is sometimes a little too complicated.”

When it came to reading the books, both Jan and Kim began the first book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” but eventually stopped because they became bored.

“I didn’t find the first book that interesting,” said Jan. “It was kind of long and I stopped in the middle of it.”

Even though the books are normally known to be better than their partner movies, this has not swayed either one to pick up the books once more and dive back into the world of Harry Potter.

“I’d like to read the books, but I just don’t have enough time to read anymore because of college applications,” said Kim. “If I start again, then I know that I will be sucked into it and then I will have to read all seven of the books at once.”

Junior Darisha Jhutty cannot imagine a world without Harry Potter. “Harry Potter was my fantasy and my escape world as a kid; I can’t believe that someone wouldn’t like it!”

With all of their friends hyped up about Harry Potter, it is easy to feel a little left out.

“I do feel a little left out sometimes because my friends all share an excitement for something that I don’t,” said Jan. “They all know little and unique facts and stuff about the movies that I don’t.”
Although these “non-believers” miss out on their friends’ magical world, they spend their time dealing with more important matters.

“When my friends go to watch the HP movie, I will stay at home,” said Jan. “I’ll probably work on my college apps because it is a better use of my time.”

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