My post about Harry Potter a few days ago seems to have conjured a sudden interest in the boy wizard chez nous. Suddenly, the movies are no longer scary and my children want to watch every single one of them. Suddenly, the books are not a wasteland of pictureless pages, but fascinating bedtime reading! I’m reading in English and I have to stop about three times a page to explain a word or phrase, but my son has been exceptionally patient. And although Lilia can’t read the books yet, she did draw her own graphic novel based on “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” If I could figure out how to upload images, I might show you an illustration or two…Anyway, I think all of this has more to do with my son’s friend’s interest in Harry (peer pressure) than in the recent media hype. I, for one, am relieved. It’s not because I feel that my children must read Harry Potter to fit in or whatever, it’s more that I was beginning to think that manga had ruined him for regular books. Phew.