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Aspden, Peter

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Financial Times - United Kingdom | 21/07/2007

Harry Potter's mark

"Harry Potter the concept, the brand, the franchise, is now well and truly ended, give or take the odd multi-million pound-earning catch up film", writes the art and literature critic Peter Aspden. "Ms Rowling has decreed that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be the seventh and last book in the series and who can honestly blame her? It must be hard, unless your heart is really set on earning that second billion dollars to keep focused on a broom-flying pubescent with ocular issues. A worldwide readership of 325 million is probably enough to keep your self-esteem buoyant. ... But can we believe her? We have been here before. Bored authors of popular works have decided to quit while their creations were cherished by their adoring publics, only to recapitulate later. ... Will Harry Potter return? I see the eighth book in the series coming out in the 2030s. ... I'm sure J.K. Rowling has it in her to write the definitive novel of mid-life crisis."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 29/12/2006

A cultural boom in Britain

The art critic Peter Aspden comments on the remarkable buoyancy of the British art scene. "Quite apart from the fun on offer, many of the world's most pressing debates are now played out on stages and in galleries, whether through the polemical plays of David Hare or the brash irreverence of contemporary artists competing for Britain's Turner Prize. There is the feeling that the arts matter again and that they can fill up some of that spare leisure time we were promised all those years ago, to entertaining and educational effect. ... It is no longer enough for a nation to define its prosperity in financial terms alone. Culture – the ability to attract it, buy and sell it and make it flourish – has become a key constituent of national well-being. ... Globalisation in the arts, as in economics, has generally been a force for good, with some important caveats."

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