While I was not the targeted audience for harry Potter when it was first released, I did eventually read the books, and one of my fondest memories is sitting outside the local coffee shop with two friends discussing horauxes. Yet, I always felt some disquiet or something off when reading Harry Potter. Part of it had to do with Hermione, but that wasn’t the real reason. I could never really but my finger on it. And then I realized that while Harry Potter starts as an outsider, the true outsiders of the book are the readers.
In fact, this is true for many books. Yet with Potter it means something different. Harry, Ron, and Hermione work in part because they start as outsiders, as the un-cools, though as the series progresses that status shifts, as it must be considering what happens in each book. Ron does, however, function as the least of the trilogy and thereby a latch key to the group. But in the realm of the book, the readers are muggles, and muggles are really not that important, to anyone.