Severian mentions in a post on a book report about a book about the nineties his relationship to the vaunted Harry Potter books:
The Harry Potter books are influential because they somehow made it ok for grownups to get weirdly, creepily obsessed with kids’ books. You know why I haven’t read Harry Potter? Because I’m not twelve years old. It’s that simple. If you’re reading them with your twelve year old kids, fine. But if you’re not — if you’re reading them for the story — then you need to seriously reevaluate your life choices, comrade.
I’ve said this myself since the 1980s.
Except I read other children’s books from time to time that I missed, such as Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates or the Little House series which I finished up a year or so back.
Why do I read those classics but not the more “modern” classics (::spit::) like the Harry Potter books?
Because a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.