Wednesday, July 25, 2007

For some, Pottermania is a bore

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J. Adam Fenster⁄The Gazette
Bethesda’s Trevor Berry, 5, awaits the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ the seventh and final book in the beloved series, late Friday night. Berry was one of hundreds of fans waiting for the book to go on sale at the Borders bookstore at White Flint Mall in North Bethesda.
Even as Pottermania reached fever pitch over the weekend with the release of the final novel in the ‘‘Harry Potter” series, there remain kids who happily live without ‘‘The Boy Who Lived.”

A stone’s throw from the dozens of children clambering to profess their love for the series to a reporter at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm in Gaithersburg on Thursday afternoon was a 10-year-old boy who said he just wasn’t into Potter anymore.

Nolan Yager of Bethesda glided on inline skates while he and his mother Jane waited for the skate park to open.

It was shortly after reading the fifth and longest book in the series, ‘‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” that Nolan said he gave up books about wizards for non-fiction biographies about George Washington and the legendary skater Rodney Mullen.

‘‘I think they thirst for, ‘What’s my place in the world,’” said Jane Yager. ‘‘But what captures their interest more ... is someone that’s gone through the stuff they have. Harry Potter is very contrived.”

‘‘Mom, they just want to sell stuff to us,” Nolan chimed in.

The unwelcome impression of being sold to is a sentiment felt by other kids, like 12-year-old Olivia Collins of Gaithersburg, who said she prefers ‘‘realistic fiction” and mystery books.

Her mother, Laura Collins, said she has had difficulty finding kids that truly love the series.

‘‘I think I’m very typical. The people that’re that fanatical about Harry Potter ... that’s not the norm,” she said.