Harry Potter's History of Controversy

More

What in the world are are we going to argue about without Harry Potter?


In the 14 years since the first J.K. Rowling tome about kid wizards debuted—and in the 10 years since the first film adaptation of those tomes—the series has become a flashpoint for chatter about decidedly non-fantastical issues: Questions about religion, sexuality, adolescence, stardom, and entertainment have all arisen. And why wouldn't they, given the enormous cultural presence the series has held? When the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 opens at midnight tonight, the franchise's story will officially be over—but it's a good bet that the arguing about it won't be.

Oh: There's a spoiler about the 6th book and movie ahead—but in all likelihood, you've already been exposed to it.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Spencer Kornhaber is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he edits the Entertainment channel. More

Before coming to The Atlantic, he worked as an editor for AOL's Patch.com and as a staff writer at Village Voice Media's OC Weekly. He has also written for Spin, The AV Club, RollingStone.com, Field & Stream, and The Orange County Register.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In