When I first had to read the first book in school, I was maybe 12 or younger, I became obsessed, read all I could find, bios, fanfics, you name it. As more and more books came out and I myself became older I started being disillusioned in Rowling as a writer. This book is excellent for children and adolescent youths (or is 14 young adult?), but as one matures the holes in the story and the characters become more apparent. Rowling is entertaining, fair enough, but as the story progressed she got it into her head that this should be a book handling every problem in the universe. She decided that this is serious literature, damn it! When it simply isn't. If she had stuck to her short and sweet hints of racism throughout the book then I would have no qualms but as she becomes more serous she invites us to use harsher criticism on the HP series and it just does not hold up. The characters are stereotypes (some very unfortunate ones as well), the magical society doesn't make any sense from a logical point of view, often the handling of the relationships is clumsy and to be fair even in my heyday of HP-love I never found the main hero truly likeable (I was a Snape fangirl in part due to the sheer fact of him being the everyday antagonist). In one interview Rowling stated that she never intentionally wrote HP as a feminist novel and I must agree with her here, she didn't. The more JK wants us to think about the horrible things she discusses the more we start to think about the trivial things and then the beautiful childhood memory crumbles. Rowling tried too hard, maybe nobody was there to explain to her that though she means well she's going overboard. In short, give the first five or four books to your children, to your young cousins, brothers-sisters, but not to someone over the age of seventeen or so.
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