Should a grown man be reading Harry Potter?

I have set myself the goal of reading all the Harry Potter books and I’ve finished the first one, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which I combined with reading a book on a Kindle for the first time. I would review it, but I’m not sure I have anything to add on the book that has not already been said. I can see it was written for a younger audience and is very accessible, I’m just hoping that true to what everyone has said, that the books mature and become deeper and more involved as I reach book three and beyond. I was also inspired to join Pottermore, took the tests, got a 13 and a half inch wand with Phoenix feather made of pine, and allocated to Ravenclaw (a surprise).

Now I had previously sworn off using a Kindle as well as reading Harry Potter. However I’ve seen the films and enjoyed them and so I want to read them. As we didn’t own a copy of the first one we got it on Kindle and I think I gave in on using a Kindle for the book because people wouldn’t see what I was reading then, even if it is on a train with other faceless commuters.

I guess my problem is that I have an issue in my mind with a grown man commuting to work reading Harry Potter books. Is this something that I should be concerned about?

I think I’d feel a bit sad and embarrassed every time someone saw what I was reading, even though what I’m reading is something they may have read themselves. I guess it is because I’m a bit late to the party, sort of like if someone my age read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code now and how I’d imagine Game of Thrones will be in a few years (note to self should give it a go soon!).

I don’t know why I’d feel embarrassed but the fact I am writing this indicates I have some trepidation about it, yet I shouldn’t do, after all, I see numerous professional women reading erotica (and I’m not just talking about 50 Shades here)  and I see both men and women reading a comic on the train (the Sun). I shouldn’t care what people think about it, I know I shouldn’t, but for some reason I do.

The lure of the anonymity that a Kindle provides to what you’re reading has never been so appealing.

What do you think of  a 28 year old man reading Harry Potter?


Posted on January 14, 2014, in Challenge, Fantasy, Thoughts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think you deserve an applause for giving HP a shot 🙂

  2. Oh yeah, I didn’t read HP until I was 30 and I was really glad I did. Especially from the 4th book on there are so many metaphors and things for even adults to consider and reflect upon.


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