I'm far too young for Harry Potter to have been a significant aspect of my childhood, but I did not regret the moment when I finally got around to reading the books. I do not think they are of extraordinary writing quality and I do not think Rowling is the best author out there, but I also think these aren't required elements for an enjoyable series. There was excellent worldbuilding and I find the entire reason I liked the books was the enchanting world of Hogwarts and the schoolish shenanigans that went on within its walls--to the point where I had to stop reading the seventh due to boredom! It's just not my kind of book, and not my kind of wizardry(I prefer Diane Duane, if you'd like to compare styles of magic.) I do think the books are overhyped in terms of literary quality, but it deserves every bit of attention in other ways.