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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Essay & Criticism

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Critical Overview

Critical reaction to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix reflects significant attention to the "Harry Potter" series in general; that is, the largest debate surrounds whether Rowling's writing earns consideration as quality, valid, adult literature. Critics are asking the same question often asked of any text enjoying enormous popularity: Is it any good?

To answer the question of literary merit, scholars approach Rowling's work from a number of perspectives. Considerations of genre, style, and content provide fodder for both sides of the debate, and establish a considerable argument that "Harry Potter" may not qualify as substantial literature. To the contrary, it should be taken seriously for its literary depth and topical merit.

Categorizing Rowling's writing becomes difficult for several reasons. First, a series of seven books with a maturing main character makes labeling the whole of...

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