Potter of Gold
Great cover, my favorite so far. I am really looking forward to the look
and feel of the new Harry Potter movie. To think my own mother turned me
on to Potter back as a sophomore in college, and now here I am with a
degree in legal studies and still as obsessed as every other literate
person in the world. Thankfully, the Star Wars craze has halted; now I
can pay my respects to J.K. Rowling and Potter without any distractions.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Thank you so much for your superb article on Harry Potter (''Potter
Mania'')! Thank you for taking it seriously and for recognizing that it's
more than a children's series, and that adults are free to adore it just
as enthusiastically. I'm 18 years old, and I waited in line at midnight
to purchase the book along with hundreds of fellow fans, both young and
old. It can be a lonely world as an adult Potter fan, but it makes you
feel reassured that you aren't the only one out there theorizing about
the plot of book 7.
Owings Mills, Md.
I was floored to open my mailbox and see Harry Potter holding a
cigarette on the cover of your magazine. After closer examination, I
realized my error. It was not a cigarette, but a. . .hmm, still don't know
what it is. Guess I'll have to see the film to find out.
Kansas City, Mo.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Daniel Radcliffe is holding Harry's wizard's wand.
Leave it to the hippest entertainment magazine around to recognize the
talent and marketability of Dakota Fanning (''The Most Powerful Actress
in Hollywood Is...Dakota Fanning,'' News & Notes). I haven't seen her
give a bad performance yet, and I actually look for her movies at the
cineplex because I know I will see something amazing from this little
girl. She proves that age does not matter; in the end, talent wins out.
ROGER B. DOWD
Your article stated that there's ''already genuine Oscar buzz'' for Dakota
Fanning's performance in War of the Worlds. For what, Best Supporting
New Haven, Conn.
Who's the 'Man?
It was with bemusement that I read your article on my favorite hero,
Aquaman (News & Notes). Having been a fan since childhood, I have had to
put up with endless sarcasm regarding my choice of hero worship. But,
like any fictional character, Aquaman is only as good as the people who
craft his stories. In the early '60s, Batman was considered spent, and
nearing cancellation. It wasn't until a new group of talented writers
and artists got to him that he became as cool and mythic as he is now
regarded (Aquaman has only been sporadically as lucky in his comic-book
form). I think there's a great movie waiting to be made of this
character, and all old Arthur Curry needs is his Christopher Nolan, Sam
Raimi, or Bryan Singer to show a new audience how cool he can be.