What next for Harry Potter fans? More Harry Potter, of course.
There won't be any more books or films after 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,' so Potterheads are set to fill the void by reading Harry Potter again and again, as well as participating in the thriving online community.
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The series also provided great support for his children to dive into contemporary classics, such as “The Lord of the Rings,” he says.Skip to next paragraph
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Movie studios hope that Potter fans will open their hearts to other films based on current young-adult works, such as “The Hunger Games,” says Grae Drake, film critic for movies.com. Earlier efforts to migrate young adult fans to other franchises, such as “The Golden Compass,” or “Lemony Snicket,” were “not very successful,” she says.
According to the teen Harry Potter afficionadoes gathered in an Orlando hotel room Thursday for the Leaky Cauldron's LeakyCon 2011, the real problem is finding the right material. While they all agree that they are in a perpetual state of re-reading the Harry Potter series, they have also become voracious readers of other books – and they credit Harry for that.
“When I was in fifth grade, I pretty much thought books were stupid,” says Nathan Durham. “But my best friend pestered me into reading Harry Potter, and I loved it.” Now, he says, he is in the middle of “The Stranger,” by Albert Camus and calls the Potter series, “the gateway to my reading.”
Her father first read the Harry Potter books aloud to her, but once she dove in herself, she says, the books ushered in her love of literature. She will attend a literature camp later this summer, she adds, where “we will read books and learn about new ones.”
But, she cautions, publishers and movie studios may never be able to profit from film versions of new franchises, she says, “because there will never be another Harry Potter.”