First thing Tuesday morning. The bell rings and next hour will consist of me trying to keep awake and constantly looking up at the clock. Why did I choose general studies I ask myself. This subject doesn’t give me anything ‘general’ nor any knowledge. However, today a question arose and most of the class was suddenly alive, biting at each other. My teacher had asked, ‘Is Harry Potter a classic novel?’ I expected all the class to agree, assuming that they did not really understand the concept of a ‘novel’ or even ‘classic.’ But, there was one person who faced the growling animals and insisted that it was NOT a classic. He then started listing novels such as, Jane Eye, Wuthering Heights, Emma…basically any Bronte novel ( We all had our doubts that he had actually read these). So he was then interrogated about why he thought this, his reasoning was that these reads were a challenge and the language used is complex. Furthermore, he suggested that Harry Potter was an easy read and it’s the films which made the novel one which people wanted to read.
So, I came to the point which I myself had to ask myself whether Harry Potter can be called a classic. But, firstly I had to think why I considered The Great Gatsby and Great expectations to be classics. Sure, the language can be a struggle and they present ideas which are complex, but what makes them a read we still aspire to get through?
Harry Potter for me does have the potential to be a classic, but I don’t think it will ever live up to any of the classics I have mentioned. For me, it is not a classic in it’s own right. The story-line itself may be ‘clever’ but I don’t think any one novel in the whole Harry Potter collection can stand by itself. They all need each other to be *that* must read. Whereas, most classics are usually just the one book.
Maybe it’s just me but when I read Wuthering Heights, I was not wanting more nor needed more. J.K Rowling left her readers wanting more for the profits. So for me, a classic also is about the writer. I always like a writer who doesn’t milk it.