I Hate Harry Potter Too


‘Why I hate Harry Potter’
. I have to confess that I agree with Robert Winder on this completely. While I’m all for anything that encourages people to read, I’d much rather read something good, myself. Yes, I’m a curmudgeonly old fart, I admit. I also hate trash TV and almost all advertising and become irritated quite quickly with hype of every kind. Maybe I should go and live in a cave.

209 thoughts on “I Hate Harry Potter Too

  1. no one’s gonna change view points, you interpret it in your way, and i mine. To me rape never happened because Rowling changed centaur’s characteristics for HP. She diverted from mythology. You do admit she does that right? Like with witches being good? You “may” have knowledge of mythology (who told you that I don’t ?), but you do not have any knowledge of Harry Potter. Thanks for calling me millitant though, Harry’s girl Through and Through . ciao.

  2. I’m gonna go back to the issue regarding mental problems.

    Technically, he doesn’t actually NEED mental problems…

    But Harry Potter lost his parents in his youth. Then he was brought up by people who hated him and never gave him any love at all, and constantly gave him chores.

    This is certainly the makings of angst. It isn’t the makings of a hero – at least not the kind Rowling creates.

    By psychological… logic, Harry would be emotionally distant. He should find it difficult to make friends. And most of all, he would be submissive and weak-willed. He would not possess the confidence to lead a sports team, nor would he be prepared to run around the school breaking rules.

    His upbringing is not one that would breed a leader. Most likely it would create somebody who would struggle to overcome their social inhibitions, particuarly due to the knowledge that they’re so special for doing nothing. Hell, maybe they would even wet the bed.

    That’s not to say he should have been a coward. Nor that he couldn’t possibly be a brave person. But a leader? The guy in charge? The one who pushes people around? The one who breaks rules and challenges authority? No, that’s just not psychologically realistic.

    Harry’s personality and his upbringing do not mesh in the slightest, and that’s just another problem I have with Rowling’s characterisation.

  3. Here’s something that gets me.

    “There’s not a witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin.”

    Well okay, let’s see that hat that gives you a house can read souls or something. It can tell the kids who are cowardly, power-hungry, spiteful, bullying. And what does it do?

    IT PUTS THEM ALL IN THE SAME HOUSE.

    It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Not only does it put all these bad kids in the same house, it puts them in together, so that they get even worse. And it gives them a rather sour, favouritism-based teacher.

    Rather that scattering them all carefully so that they can be influenced by the nice kids, it shoves them all in together.

  4. Aw, I was reading comments about the lack of POC and the horrible crap JKR did with indigenous people in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and I thought off you guys. It’s been almost three years and you all are still in my heart. 🙂

  5. I would just like to go on the record and say that I was totally wrong about this. I’ve read some of the books and seen all the films and, while I do think there are some problems, I’m now a fan. So much so that I’ve even been on the studio tour, which was brilliant. Really.

    So many people have grown up with Harry and co. and it clearly means a great deal to them and, while it’ll never mean so much to me, I get it. That kind of passion is a good thing generally and I can only hope that my son finds something he loves as much when he’s old enough to read for himself.

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