There could not be a better time for this post. There could not have been a worse time for this post. Now that the penultimate movie of the series is out, and my facebook wall filled with people who loved the movie. But this is something I really wanted to say, and I shall say it anyway.
Harry Potter is pathetic literature.
Now, you must be wondering why I say that. There are many reasons.
Firstly, the storyline itself is flawed. When a writer sits down to write anything, he/she must set up some essential rules about what is happening. These rules must remain constant irrespective of how many times he/she changes his/her mind. This is so that the readers are allowed to have some sensibility in what they are reading. In the fourth book, Rowling goes ahead and kills Cedric. Then, at the end of the book, the horseless carriages are there again. Nothing special. We all knew that they are horseless. But then comes the fifth book, and BAM, the horses are actually winged beasts that only those people can see who have seen death.
But hadn't Harry seen death last year. Why did he not see the thestrals then? And while we are on the subject, had he not already seen his parents being killed?
Going back to the third book... It makes me think that Lupin was an ass. Here is a guy who can change into a rat any time he wants, would it not make sense to stun him, keep him there, and then get help, or take him unconscious to the castle? Why all the rubbish with the chaining and stuff? But now that I think of it, stunning spells were discussed only in book four. There is no mention of them in book three. I am no expert in writing, but I really cannot accept a storyline so weak.
Further, the spell
reparo is shown to repair almost anything. Then why could not anyone repair Harry's Nimbus? Or for that matter, why would wizards ever wear anything away?
And of course, the best part... This one has done rounds on many status messages... Why cannot Harry Potter fix his own damn eyesight?
Then in the seventh book, when Harry goes out to fight Voldemort... now, honestly, which seventeen year old can do that? And the entire King's Cross chapter... that seemed to me to be put in just to patch the massive holes that the author had put in the storyline. But then, the storyline remains, well, patched.
But it is not for this that I dislike the series. The first books were in fact well written. I think what really turned me off the series was the books that followed. It seemed to me that the author wished to write something, then bowing to popular demands, changed the storyline many times over. Or it is possible that she was forced to go through these books much faster than the first, and she had not the time to properly think the story elements through.
Why are these books so popular? Maybe because they make easy reading, in which you need not think too much. And that is exactly what I do not like. I grew up reading classics, and the notion of a book with a simple good-guy, bad-guy plot is just not palatable. I prefer something closer to real life, with characters in shades of grey. And the idea that people can use magic to fulfil their needs at some times, and not at others is plain frustrating.
And if I dislike the book, I just cannot tolerate the movies. Since the fifth, the movies have been made as if someone just put in a blender in the storyline and turned it on. Needless to say, I am not going to be watching the movie that was just released.