If you prefer Harry Potter and JKRowling, I'm sure it might be do-able you should start the research imediately though. I don't know much about it so I don't have too many suggestions on sources or approach but you might want to see the librarians near you, especially in the childrens section, they can help with key words and research technique.
Only, MAKE SURE you find some sources that you can work with and if you skim through it, I read the first couple paragraphs and skim through the rest of the chapter and read the last, this helps me get an idea about what the source is about and how it approaches the topic.
When I said passion, I meant if you feel passionate about a subject you should try it out the more interested you are the easier it will be to work on it extensively. I think passion itself is too too broad, for me at least, and sometimes that is just as bad as having a topic with limited info.
JKRowling AND Harry Potter could give you a good research topic, few pointers...
1. start the research IMMEDIATELY (can't stress that enough), go to the library and speak to librarian tell them what you're up to
2. after lightly skiming through at least 2 sources, take some notes try to get about a page worth for each source
3. come up with a theory, point, question, something you want to persuade about or something you want to explain
4. then using those sources think about if persuading, answer how & why your arguement is true or important
or if explaining try to follow all angles, who, what, where, when, why, & how; more important is the what, how and why... for your body
following the essay organization:
1. intro for topic, thesis, points to be looked at, and concluding statement or arguement confirming thesis.
2. the body is the "meat" or sustenance, it is a focus and elaboration of the main points and how that connects to or confirms your thesis
3. conlusion, sum it all up reflect briefly on the main points and how they answer the question.
If you do a page for each that should cover your paper ex: 1pg intro, 1pg for each point = 3pgs total (get at least 3 reason for or important info about thesis/topic), and 1pg to sum it all up
You could look at each point or important info as a simple 1 page essay that helps to stay on topic and cover all the basis for each point which makes up the body, again the important part.
questions about who, where and when help fill in the void and helps make it a thorough research paper.
Harry Potter and J. K. Rowlings is a good topic and you obviously like it (try it out it might workout really well, your interest in it is a motivator for the paper and will help inspire your writing, just make sure you have sources to answer your questions, the story for writing the book and how its affected her, how the public sees it pos&neg why its good for children, the issues it addresses regarding moral...
I just typed key words: influential children's tales -- in google and got this...
very 1st website: indiana.edu/~deanfac/blfal03/eng/eng_l3 90_2228.html
> This course will focus on children's stories, ranging from fairy
tales to contemporary fiction, television, and film. The course
will emphasize the ways in which stories express and give shape to
basic wishes and basic fears. We will also emphasize the strategies
by which stories either convey or subvert prevalent cultural
values. We will address such questions as: why do stories fascinate
children (and others)? What is the relationship between the
structure of stories and the emotions and values they convey? How
does children's literature address central issues such as the
relationship of adults to children, the ambiguities of growing up,
and the experience of death? To what extent are stories gender-
coded (and how might we respond when they are)? How has the notion
of childhood changed over time, and what do the changes imply
culturally? What is the role of magic and the imaginary in
children's books and films? What should an adult (parent, educator)
do about a children's story whose values are different from his or
her own? Why is the analysis of a children's story a useful adult
As you can tell this is from a syllabus but the questions here could be extemely helpful...
I don't typically google for sources only for hints, perspectives, and inspiration... try to keep to library and database sources, which include publications, such NYTimes, or other serious newspapers and magazines, this will impress your prof.
library help desk can help you find and access databases go in there and pretend you know nothing they might hint to key words for your searching, they would be glad to help and give advice, always ask question no matter how ridiculous or stupid you think they are trust me you'll get a lot more by doing so and everyone likes being helpful, you can get a whole lot of stuff with just a few hour there with a librarian's help.
sorry this is so lengthy but this should get you going right now that way you know if you can do Harry Potter and JKRowling (do it as a combo, at least for now, you'll get more info, which will give you ideas about what you want to say and why)
Good Luck!! :-)