As a bookseller turned librarian I sometimes read popular books out of a sense of obligation to be able to speak intelligently about popular fiction. Rarely has this paid off as well as with the Harry Potter series. Rowling has created a Fantasy world that will endure for many generations of readers. It may not have the depth of Tolkien's Middle Earth, or the brilliant humor of Pratchett's Discworld, but Rowling has found her own niche and filled it. Children have always fantasized that their parents might not be their real parents and some day they will be taken away to a world of fabulous power and adventure. Rowling has combined that childhood power fantasy with a revival of the English schoolboy's adventure genre and told an entertaining story in the process.