Harry Potter banned from paper's bestseller list | UK news | The GuardianStay home on Saturday week. The nation's high streets will be mobbed by parents and children stampeding to obtain not the latest faddish toy or computer game or movie spin-off merchandise, but a book. You know, one of those old-fashioned things, pre-audiobooks and e-novels, with lots of words printed on crisp white pages snugly bound between hard covers. In any other circumstances, this would be cause for stunned rejoicing. The book is not dead, long live the book, etc. But, frankly, it depends on the book. If people were fighting to buy Seamus Heaney's sizzling translation of Beowulf, or David Cairns's riproaring biography of Berlioz, or even my own action-packed life of Shakespeare, I would naturally be uncorking champagne and running jaunty standards up the nation's literary flagpoles.
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Publisher Bloomsbury is furious that the cult children's book, which is outselling Thomas Harris's much-trumpeted new Hannibal Lecter thriller by five to one, will not be included in the main list. Harry Potter's many fans won't be happy either. But Caroline Gascoigne, literary editor of the Sunday Times, insists that the Harry books should not be included on the adult list alongside works of literature like the book of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phanton Menace. We have never included children's books on our main bestseller list, it's as simple as that. That is why Harry is on the children's list instead.
Harry Potter was not normal. For a start, he hated the summer holidays. An orphan, he was forced to stay with horrible Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia and their fat son Dudley. They hated Harry for being a wizard. They were Muggles, non-magic people, and did not let Harry mention anything to do with his beloved Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It was forbidden by the Ministry of Magic to cast spells outside school, but he couldn't resist. Aunt Marge inflated like a giant salami.
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is, however, literally darker than the first two bright, clean movies that Chris Columbus delivered: a touch muddier, a hint grainier in its look. And to add to the general air of disquiet, there seems to be - unless I am imagining this - a silent, fleeting cameo at the very beginning by Ian Brown, late of the Stone Roses, glimpsed morosely on his own in a pub called the Leaky Cauldron. Otherwise things are not so very different for Harry and his wizardly chums. As ever, we start with Harry's enforced confinement during the holidays in the suburban home of his hateful muggle relatives, Uncle Vernon Richard Griffiths and Aunt Petunia Fiona Shaw and these days hormones are kicking in to fuel the resentment. Taller, ganglier Harry has got a bit of fierce teen attitude - a little bit anyway - and breaks the no-magic-outside-Hogwarts rule, hexing his unspeakable Aunt Marge Pam Ferris by making her blow up like Mrs Creosote and letting her float away.