SW LONDON — “Is that what the kids are calling it these days?”
That used to be my stock answer to things I didn’t understand. I thought of it as a knowing wink to the way that old people talk. But as my own age has been rising faster recently than East Coast temperatures, it has become less funny and more fact.
And there’s an issue with people in business staying relevant. I take that bit seriously. And there’s almost nothing that isn’t relevant.
So this week I set out to work my way entirely through my children’s Harry Potter film collection. There are 7… plus one in the theatre. If I can get through them all then I’ll go see number 7.5 in the cinema.
I’ve never been good at science fiction. I couldn’t read JRR Tolkien or even CS Lewis. I wish I could have, but no.
However, in Britain, H. Potter is not only a major export, it has employed all our great actors, boosted boarding school enrolments and driven tourists to run into walls at train stations.
That’s something that cannot be ignored.
Problem is I am three nights in and not yet finished Harry Potter 1.
It could be a long week.