Will any of the Harry Potter books ever be considered great children's literature? Who knows. There have always been books that were written for children, that have not only stood the test of time, but are considered great children's literature. While some cling within that in-between shades of gray territory. I think the Harry Potter books fall into this area of modern children's literature.
The Narnia books: Some consider them great literature, some do not.
The Lord of the rings books: Most say yes, some say no.
The Oz books: Again some do, some would say no.
Alice in Wonderland: I mean this book was written by an older man who had a passionate thing for a little girl, and when the family found out about his advances they promptly tossed him out. Yet he still tried to pursue her through other avenues. Eww! Yet the book is considered great children's literature.
Peter Pan: Slow start, but who doesn't know the story of Peter Pan?
I've even read that Nancy Drew is considered the most famous female in children's literature.
The Redwall books: I read an article that say it is. Yet many would say not. I remember my youngest sister reading them as a kid. As I recall they are books about mice (and such).
Anne of Green Gables: Many say it is. I had one teacher in school who certainly did not.
I am a fan. I wasn't at first. I thought it's a kids story about a boy wizard. I couldn't fathom what the big deal was. I think I read the first book just before the third book came out. I was hooked. Is it great modern literature? I don't know, but then I would not have said Nancy Drew was.
It mat surprise some of you that Harry Potter is being taught in some schools, but not everyone is happy about it.
Under the Spell of Harry Potter (Paperback)
Dollins, Stephen (Author)
Stephen will expose the latest device of the devil -- Harry Potter. Unfortunately, the average Christian does not recognize the evil in Harry Potter. Harry Potter is being taught not only in public and private schools, but in some CHURCHES! Knowing evil and exposing it is the best way to avoid it.
Under the Spell of Harry Potter explores the very core of what is being taught to today's young people. Some say its harmless fun, some say its just reading material, Stephen Dollins explores the truth behind these statements. Stephen Dollins will show how Harry Potter actually teaches children to use spell casting, potions and curses. The book teaches how this child phenomena called Harry Potter uses fantasy to teach evil reality. Witchcraft is being promoted by Christian leadership and the church, and most Christians are blind to it.
Is there a hidden meaning and purpose to Harry Potter? Are these innocent, harmless children's stories? Decide for yourself!
Regardless of if we say yes or no, we need to remember that the future judges will be the millions and millions of children who have grown up with it.