Very defensive sounding readers.
The New York Times does not have A “best sellers” list. It’s not the equivalent of “Top Box Office” for the weekend.
The Times puts out best-seller lists for paperback fiction, hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, childrens, hardcover advice, and other things.
They happen to put Harry Potter on the children’s series list, and that is definitely the best spot for it. It’s where they would put “Series of Unfortunate Incidents” and other cross-over stuff.
If a non-fiction book sold a billion copies, it still wouldn’t make the “Hardcover Fiction” list.
The New York Times has treated the Harry Potter books quite seriously. They offered a full review of the book the day it was releases, and just yesterday, published an article on Harry Potter by Christopher Hitchens.
Jesus. . .all you people slamming the New York Times for who knows what. . .maybe you should pick it up and try reading it sometime.