Who is a fan? Who is not a fan? That is my question. Do you think that people not familiar with the franchise, or who are not into "magic" can enjoy the films and books?

I personally think that fans will enjoy the films better than non-fans- but the new film will attract a greater audience. Thoughts?

http://flicmanning.com/2009/07/harry-potter-a-whole-new-journey-begins/

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What has this to do with crime fiction?
Lots of people here are writing about things other than crime. If you do not want to participate in this discussion you don't have to. If you have a comment like this please email me directly.
It's called self-policing. If we site members aren't supposed to engage in it then someone needs to tell me so, say Daniel.
Are there any good crime series that are based in as fictional of worlds as Harry Potter? One of the main reasons I enjoy crime fiction is the realism, but I have friends who are fantasy nuts. Just wondering if the two ever meet in the same book effectively? Are there any "wizard" detective stories out there?
Box Office: "Grab a big old bucket of popcorn, sit back in the tall, velvet chairs and chat away about your favourite flicks and shows, on big screen or small. " No specific mention of crime fiction.

There's also the Main Bar, which states: "Chat here about whatever you like. Get drunk and have fun. If none of the other categories fits your topic, this is the place to be." (italics added)

And she's right, there are other topics, even film-related, which have nothing to do with crime fiction, and no one said anything about it.
Well then this post belongs in the Main Bar, not in the Box Office section, where a few fellow wayward posters does not a defense make IMO.

Luckily, 90-95% of the posts--including in the movie section--are at least tenuously related to crime and/or fiction without much policing. I for one don't want to see the percentages drop though.
I've only watched the first film. It was all right; it was entertaining anyway. I'm personally not into the series, but I would rather watch the film than read the book since that would make it a shorter experience.
I'm a huge Harry Potter fan even though I don't normally read fantasy. And yes, I think there's plenty of mystery and suspense in the series to justify discussing it on Crimespace.
A lot of urban fantasy blends detective and fantasy elements. Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, and Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy series are among my favorites.
Ideally, it would be best to tie in your discussion item to crime fiction, especially if you're a fairly new member. While it's perfectly normal for people to have interests other than crime fiction, this site is all about it.

Personally, I think Harry Potter novels are mysteries in a fantasy disguise.

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