I have witnessed first hand the awesome impact of HP on the younger generation. and i have to say it’s been mostly very positive. JK Rowling turned on a generation young kids to reading REALLY REALLY REALLY LONG books at the height of the internet mania. No mean feat.
My recently teen daughter is “somewhat of a stickler for the canon” as she puts it herself. Yes, the fans really do talk that way about the books. They are truly reverential.
Anyway, we are celebrating HP’s birthday today as we usually do. He was born on this in 1980.
It’s also JK Rowling’s birthday!