But reading was never dead with the kids. Au contraire, right now it's probably healthier than the adult version, which has to cope with what seems like at least 400 boring and pretentious ''literary novels'' each year. While the bigheads have been predicting (and bemoaning) the postliterate society, the kids have been supplementing their Potter with the narratives of Lemony Snicket, the adventures of teenage mastermind Artemis Fowl, Philip Pullman's challenging His Dark Materials trilogy, the Alex Rider adventures, Peter Abrahams' superb Ingrid Levin-Hill mysteries, the stories of those amazing traveling blue jeans. And of course we must not forget the unsinkable (if sometimes smelly) Captain Underpants. Also, how about a tip of the old tiara to R.L. Stine, Jo Rowling's jovial John the Baptist?
On another note, in HogWebs, they review some HP site's I've been to, and for some reason (meaning that ultra long never-finished post full of links to sort) never written about. Here they are.
FOR SPOILER HUNTERS: J.K. Rowling's official site
Want to know what's going to happen to Harry in the next book? The author herself will be the first to tell you, as she often offers little clues, usually hidden like a sorcerer's stone behind elaborate visual puzzles on this site.
FOR NEWS HOUNDS: Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator
If news about the Potter books or movies appears anywhere on the Web, it'll end up here.
FOR FANS OF THE STARS: Veritaserum
This is the place for multimedia clips of the latest interviews and media appearances by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and other stars of the film series.
FOR NEWBIES: The Floo Network
Don't know your Gringotts from your Gryffindor? Visit this webring, which includes a lexicon, an archive of indexed J.K. Rowling interview quotes, a gallery of illustrations and still photos, and a news page called The Leaky Cauldron.
FOR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED POTTERPHILES: MuggleNet
If you know as much about the wizarding world as a Hogwarts upperclassman, this is the site for you. Here, fans nitpick mistakes, write fan fiction, and hold literary discussions about the characters on a weekly podcast.