Constantine Pleshakov, a freelance writer living in Moscow and a former member of the Russian Academy of Science, comments on what is wrong - and right - about Harry Potter.
The National Conservative Weekly weighs in on what's wrong with Harry.
The Washington Post's Bob Levy comments on a summer of reading that starts with Potter.
College senior Natalie Burg offers her thoughts on why Harry is so gripping, and blames him for a less than stellar performance on her math final:
Had I not spent the last three days before my final at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I would have been well-prepared for my math exam at boring ol' MSU.
Hugo & Nebula award-winning author Orson Scott Card briefly comments on the latest Harry Potter book, and its non-appearance on the New York Times bestseller list.
(Editor's Note: This editor very much recommends Card's novel Ender's Game.)
Thanks to Lee for the link!
Charles Taylor for Salon.com comments on the A.S. Byatt New York Times piece we linked to earlier this week. Says Taylor:
The problem is that her argument has nothing to do with the experience that anyone I know has had reading the Harry Potter books.
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A Commentary by Malcolm Burgess in the Evening Standard compares JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien.
Christopher Smith of Tennessee's leafchronicle.com offers an amusing take on just how addictive the Harry Potter books can be.
Also check out JKR's exclusive comments to BBC Newsround. As she says: "No one, literally no one, not in my family or anybody, knows the titles to Book Six or Seven. And I'm going to keep it that way for now." Yeah, you go girl.