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I read all the Harry Potter books

I used to post a lot more books I read... well let me say that this year I did read all seven Harry Potter books, that was good.

Things I did not like about them:
1) Ron Weasley always whining about the most inconsequential shit, until later in the end I wondered if it was secret Voldemort making him into an asshole? I'd literally skip pages about him being dramatic. I might have glazed over half of book four over it.

2) It really did not make a ton of sense that Dumbledore kept so many secrets from Harry. Harry was right to be mad about it. That guy was crazy.

3) The tri-wizard tournament made zero sense. Zero. Why not just play the other schools at Quidditch every few years?

Things I did like about them:
1) The conspiracy theories that young people are figuring out all the time are really a great lesson for the way the world is, always be asking questions, looking at history, looking at motives! The world is not always simple.

2) Werewolf tolerance, half horses keeping to themselves, giants reconciling their violent genetics... it's a diversity story. Not to mention that the good guys are the ones who don't care whose "blood" you have. Tolerance FTW, throughout all the books!

3) This idea that we are formed as kids and to really understand an adult, you need to understand their childhood, and that's why it's such a crucial time. All adults were once kids, and in this case, Hogwarts students, too. The backgrounds were fascinating.

I originally read the books because I'd only caught snippets of the movies, that's how I watch movies, I'm busy with life so I catch them here and there if they're on. I roam around and get things done in the house and miss parts, so I lost track of all the complicated character relationships. To really get the details I had to read the books, so I did. I'm in that club now.



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Nov. 21st, 2018 12:00 am (UTC)
I re-read them every year or so, and I recommend doing that! With one reading, you don't get how brilliantly JKR thought out the whole world and the story arc. On the second and later readings, you start to notice seemingly throwaway lines in early books that become crucial in later books. I do agree with some of your criticisms, but I am always impressed by how well she handled the world-building, and the sheer scope of the 7 volumes.
Nov. 21st, 2018 08:17 am (UTC)
Welcome to the club! I read them all as a kid.

I agree with you about Ron. There's actually this fan fiction HPMOR (Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality) which is an alternate universe version of it where Ron is left out of the book entirely because Harry "doesn't see the point of him" lol.

(HPMOR is cool, it's about an alternate university Harry where Petunia married an Oxford professor instead of Dursley, and he's nurtured instead of abused and tries to figure out the science behind magic.)

Edited at 2018-11-21 08:19 am (UTC)
Nov. 21st, 2018 12:39 pm (UTC)
I'm just the opposite; I saw the movies and then thought about reading the books. But thinking is about as far as I got. I ended up giving the books to my grandson. He loved them.
Nov. 21st, 2018 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'm usually a lurker here, but the Harry Potter fan has to come out... I'm glad you got a chance to read the series! :)

1) Totally agree about Ron, but in terms of maturity level, he really is on the lower end, so it makes sense. Your theory about secret Voldemort definitely holds for Book 7, when he's carrying the Horcrux.

2) I mean, Book 1 establishes that Dumbledore is a little mad.

3) Quidditch only shows athletic prowess, nothing about actual magical skills. I do think the Triwizard tournament is a little silly, though... can you imagine how boring the second and third tasks were to watch for the audience? It's not like they had Jumbotrons showing what was happening in the lake and in the maze.
Nov. 22nd, 2018 03:55 am (UTC)
If you liked HP, now go and read The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman. Amazing adult world building without the tiresome complexity of, say, the LoTR books. I read them twice in a row.
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