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A Closer Look (Harry Potter Books) #193709

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 06, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The Harry Potter books publishing phenomenon reviewed.

(Los Angeles: Brian Rooney) The objections to the fictional world of the Harry Potter books examined. [KID - praises the books.] [Parents Dominic and Theresa SCHMIDT - call the books anti-God, anti-Christianity.] [Family Research Council Robert KNIGHT - opposes the underlying theology of the books.] [Teen fan Shayna INGRAM, psychoanalyst Linda GOETTINA - defend the book's magical setting and its ethics.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Judy Muller) The impact of the Harry Potter books on the literary world examined; details given of the decision by the "New York Times" to create a best-seller list for children's books. [Novelist Ed McBAIN - explains how potential best sellers get "Pottered."] [Simon and Schuster editor David ROSENTHAL - calls for the Potter books to "get the hell out of the way."] ["New York Times" book review editor Charles McGRATH - explains the need for the new list.]

Jennings, Peter;
Muller, Judy;
Rooney, Brian

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