Hi, I just joined this community and wanted to introduce myself. I keep a site dedicated to intelligent discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel the Series, and several of my literary-minded on-line friends have been urging me to read the Harry Potter books. I had been avoiding the whole thing, due to some snobbery about its popularity. I was also left rather confused by both movies, and didn't give the HP world much thought.
I'm only half way through the second book, but I am now a fan. (And the movies make a whole lot more sense now!) It really is a richly detailed, magical world full of complex characters and morally ambiguous themes. Since I don't want to be spoiled, I'll wait until I finish the fifth book to jump into discussion, but I'm glad this board is here.