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Rowlings as Hermione, and others, that work with her lead male.

One of the things I find most interesting -- and appealing -- about the way Rowlings has drawn Hermione is that, while her primary strength lies in her intelligence, it is through magic that her intelligence works. In the world Rowlings has created, magic is power, and, of the three young wizards, it is Hermione who -- through hard work, attention to detail, and a true passion for learning -- excels in that skill which most represents power in the wizarding world. Harry, by contrast, seems to have gained his exceptional abilities in a sort of "contest" with evil (Voldemort), as an infant (and so, clearly, not as a result of any prior effort at self-improvement) and often achieves extraordinary results without even understanding precisely how he has done it, because the power resides in him naturally -- it isn't through study and hard work that he prevails -- it's through physical courage.

There are many themes explored in the Potter series of great value to young people and adults alike, and that's why the books appeal to adults as well as children, I think. And girls as well as boys.

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