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Harry Potter and the Over-Hyped Title

The blogosphere and news outlets are a-buzz with the just-announced title of the final Harry Potter book. It’s called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Why is this news? I don’t see such fanfare over other upcoming titles. Why no publicity over, say, Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe (September 2007). I’m betting that will be a better book.

Obviously it’s the sales numbers of the Potter books. I think it’s safe to say it’s a publishing phenomenon, though I cannot personally attest to the worthiness of that claim. At least one positive thing is coming out of Potter’s success: kids are reading more.

About John DeNardo (13013 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

6 Comments on Harry Potter and the Over-Hyped Title

  1. How dare you say anyting is better than Potter! Potter rulzs! Who is this Gene Wolfe anyway and why is he ripping off Piratez of the Carabean?


  2. When Erin Gray called me last night I asked her if she likes Harry Potter. She didn’t have enough time to answer. Stupid 30 seconds.

  3. Dean – awesome! LOL!!!

  4. No other series has inspired such parody-making where the titles are concerned, and the muggles just love to guess at the title of the next book.

  5. elizabeth brookes // April 26, 2007 at 4:56 pm //

    nothing beets harry potter:). you know it is totleosem:D

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