I’ve only read the first Harry Potter book and I considered it quite derivative. It wasn’t anything particularly special, but I have pretty high standards when it comes to fiction.
I read A.S. Byatt’s review in The New York Times and it left a pretty bad impression. Freudian analysis has always, naturally, left me cold. Then I read Dianne Durante’s review and it was the complete opposite. The worldviews of the two couldn’t be more different and more patent—some philosophic detection should easily uncover the antipodes.