Firstly, please don’t murder me. Secondly, I’m not a completely awful human being. Lastly, I just don’t get what the big deal is… Now I really hope you know what the Harry Potter series is because if you haven’t it is quite likely that you actually live under a rock. So if you don’t know what it is, go read the books or if you are lazy like me and have given up on books because they are boring then you can watch the movies and then come back and read this. Awesome, so now that everyone knows what Harry Potter is I can tell you what I’m going to be talking about in the next four paragraphs. Firstly I’m going to talk about why Harry is kind of a trash person, secondly, I will explain how everything is very black and white and leaves little room for anything else and lastly, I will expose some of the plot flaws or places in the plot that hurt my brain and needs more clarification.
Honestly, I just don’t understand why everyone is so obsessed with the Harry Potter series. It is ridiculously overrated and Harry is actually kind of an ass. Now before you get all triggered at me, allow me to give you some examples. First of all, Harry was ridiculously selfish – yeah I know he sacrificed himself to save the world in the end but the number of people that sacrificed themselves and their safety for him is endless, for example his parents, Hagrid, the Weasley’s – well with the exception of Percy who we will talk about later, the entire Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore, pretty much every professor at Hogwarts, Snape, Neville, Dobby (may he rest in peace), the list is endless. Secondly, he was such a idiot when it came to girls. For example, he took Parvati Patel to the Yule Ball and then proceeded to spend the ENTIRE time whinging and sulking because his dream girl, Cho Chang, turned him down. Honestly, good for Cho Chang, Harry was a dick. Thirdly, Harry thought that just because he was the ‘chosen one’ that he was above the rules, he constantly used his fancy schmancy invisibility cloak to sneak out and do things against the rules. If it had been Draco or Neville sneaking out all the time they would have gotten in a heap of trouble but since it was Harry no one seemed to care. Fourthly, he doesn’t listen. In my 14 years of existence I have learnt that generally, most of the time my parents are right and that I should listen to them because they know what they are talking about. It’s the same with professors, they know what they are talking about, Harry needed to get that in his head rather than thinking he is smarter than everyone. For example, when both Dumbledore and Snape told Harry that he needed to practice Occlumency because Voldemort would try and control his dreams, so what did Harry do? Absolutely nothing and then got Sirius killed because Harry didn’t listen to his superiors. Again, the list could go on but I need to get onto my other points.
Everyone is either good or bad, it is very little in between. If you are brave, you are good. If you are ambitious, you are evil, That’s how the books showed it. It is very black and white, Gryffindor is good, Slytherin is evil. The only exceptions are Cormac Mclaggen and possibly Percy. Cormac was an interesting character because he was a Gryffindor who was an arrogant, chauvinistic, not very nice dude which showed that not all ‘brave’ people were good people. Or maybe he was sick on sorting hat day so they just chucked him in with the Gryffindors because why not? Percy was a Gryffindor but I honestly think he should have been a Slytherin. His main motives were ambition or loyalty to his own which are both Slytherin traits. He was very career driven and ambitious but he did the right thing in the end and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. Now let us talk about Snape, I personally don’t think Snape was a good person. He was a death eater by choice, he only changed sides because of his love for Lily, not because of morality. He also bullied children, which isn’t cool. Also, let us be honest here the only reason that Snape helped Harry is because Harry was Snape’s only connection to Lily, he wasn’t helping Harry because it was the right thing to do, he was helping Harry because he still loved Lilly.
The plot is just kind of all over the place. I get it, this book is complicated and there are lots of things going on but there are some things that J.K Rowling should have thought harder about or I need some clarification on. Numero uno, how come Fred and George didn’t notice Peter Pettigrew sleeping in Ron’s bed every night? In their first year at Hogwarts, the Weasley twins stole the Marauders Map (a magical map that showed the location of everyone). Ron’s pet rat, Scabbers, that had been passed down from Percy was actually Peter Pettigrew in hiding. So surely Fred and George would be able to see that Peter Pettigrew had been hanging around in Ron’s room for years? And even if the twins didn’t know that Pettigrew was an evil dude wouldn’t they still be kind of concerned that some random had been following their little brother everywhere? Numero Dos, Voldemort’s unnecessary Triwizard tournament plot featuring Barty Crouch. In the fourth book, Harry became close to and began to trust Mad-Eyed Moody ( Barty Crouch in disguise). Voldemorts big plan was to have Barty enter Harry’s name in the Goblet of fire and then have Barty coach harry through the tournament so that Voldemort could kill him in the end. Logistically that was a lot of work for Voldemort and Barty wouldn’t it just have been so much easier for Barty to just tell Harry that they had to go to some far away forest in the middle of nowhere so that Barty could show Harry some cool magic and then kill him there, rather than doing the whole Triwizard tournament thing? Numero Tres, the whole time turner thing. If wizards and witches could go through time then why didn’t Harry, Dumbledore or literally anyone go through time and stop young Voldemort/Tom Riddle before he did anything bad? They used the time turner to save Buckbeak why not use it to save the world?
In conclusion, Harry is kind of the worst, the book leaves little room for grey characters and there are some things that need a bit more clarification from J.K Rowling. I personally don’t like the Harry Potter series but I feel like everyone needs to see and/or read the series in order to have lived a full life. It’s kind of like High School Musical, some people love it, some people hate it, but if you haven’t seen it, have you really lived?