Except that it is.
I'm not going to talk about how great the movie was. If you cared, you were probably there last night and already know. If you don't care, my gushing isn't going to persuade you otherwise.
What I want to comment on is how amazing the people were. Anyone who says the power of reading is waning hasn't been outside. Sure, it was a movie, but these people were there, having wand fights and arguing over who was cooler (Snape FTW). Those are things that came from reading and loving and living the books.
I'm 33. I was there with a group of people around my age. Behind us was a row of 14 and 15 year-olds. In front of us was a row of 40 something women with nary a child in sight. There were boys and girls and older folk and every single kind of person you can imagine.
YA is a myth. The idea that certain books are written for certain age groups is a myth. The diversity in th theater last night proved that.
When people say that books no longer have the power to reach kids, I think to how many kids love Harry Potter and are searching for the next thing to love, and I can only conclude that people are simply not trying hard enough.
Kids, they want the books, they want to read, they want something magnificent and bigger than themselves. They want it like oxygen.
If they're not reading, if they're not falling in love with books, then we're not trying hard enough.