Benderbrau wrote:Yeah I get that but first of all from all the new coverage it seemed like the primary audience was 20 - 30, not 10 - 15. And quality wise they just didn't seem like very good movies and were quite disjointed. My own experience was that if you didn't read the books the movies didn't make a lot of sense.
Well, lots of people read the books, but I know some people who didn't who loved the movies. My dad, for instance, who is in his fifties and has never read anything like a comic book or similar peter pan fare.
You don't need to be 10-15 to appreciate a coming of age story or a school setting because the point is that that is something everyone has experienced. In fact, I would think it has a different but perhaps more powerful appeal for people who are older because they likely remember their own experiences fondly and with nostalgia. The Harry Potter stories capture that magic in a way that makes you feel like a kid again. That's why I liked them, and why they had such universal appeal.
Add to that the elements of classic epic storytelling, ala Star Wars or something similar, and that's why they were as popular as they were.