Why I Dislike Harry Potter by Tamar
Dearest club members and friends, I want you to know that what I am expressing here is an opinion. Just an opinion. I’ve read the series and done my research, and I’d like to express my views. I really hope this doesn’t jeopardize my relationship with any of you. I love you all. I simply believe that I shouldn’t be afraid to share my thoughts, even if they go against the majority of society. So here it goes:
The first concern I have is with the writing quality. J.K. Rowling seems to think it’s acceptable to write run-on sentences that are the size of paragraphs, and simply place a semicolon wherever she must take a breath. Semicolons have rules, my dear Rowling! You can’t just place them wherever you see fit! They are fascinating punctuation marks that must be given their proper value and respect.
Now let’s touch on characterization, shall we? All of you Hermione-lovers may want to close your ears for this… Her character is completely flat! She has no depth to her, no character arc. Her personality is limited to being a perfect goody-two-shoes whose biggest problem is being teased. She had room for so much more! There are other characters in the series with deeply rooted problems and life events that shaped them into who they were: Harry with his parents’ death, the Weasleys dealing with poverty, Neville with his parents being tortured… these characters had real life scars which made them interesting! Honestly, how many of us can say our biggest problem is being too perfect?
Another thing that bothers me is the fact that Rowling uses too much “filler”. As a matter of fact, I’ll safely say that 70% of each book is filler. We are taken through every step of Harry’s day. Where he goes, what he eats, when he goes to the bathroom… It’s just too much.
Why do we need to hear about every single class the students take?
Does no one else get tired of hearing Trelawney predict Harry’s early death time and time again?
How many times can we sit through a Potions class where Neville messes up and Hermione secretly helps him?
Of course it is important to add a class where something substantial happens that moves the plot along. But simply add classes to make the book longer? No thanks – I have an intense school day of my own, I don’t have to keep reading about theirs.
Despite all of this, I must say that I have nothing against J.K. Rowling. On the contrary – Anyone who is able to write a series that becomes a sensation for all ages deserves my respect. Her worldwide success is proof that she obviously did something right. However, I think the series could have used a bit more revision to make it have more kapow! Perhaps then, society would love it even more than they do today.