I saw the Half Blood Prince yesterday, so I feel it is an appropriate time with the coming of this new movie to finally put into words everything I find Rowling did wrong with Harry Potter. Now I understand, there are many many people out there who love the Harry Potter series and think Rowling did an excellent job with it. I have the utmost respect for those opinions and I can understand why they enjoyed it so much. I personally just think that Rowling took wonderful ideas, characters and a story and just did almost as much wrong with it as she possibly could have. I want to go through major characters and themes and explain what I think she did wrong and why.
These are not all my problems just some, I'll focus mostly on villians and things pertaining to them.
The Houses -
The houses I think were mishandled in the biggest way possible. In theory, the idea behind the houses is close to brilliant as far as the story goes. Gryfs are supposed to be leaders and bold, brave, Ravenclaws are really smart, Slytherin's are very clever and ambitious and hufflepuffs are.... (was hard working really the best she could come up with??) Anyway.... now taking this as a theory it's great. You have a lot of different qualities that people in the different houses possess, and also considerations that there is no universal way to be in any house, people can be in one house but have the qualities of another still. There is a lot of room to mix and match and have that really come into play. And in SEVEN books, how did she handle this?
Gryffindors are good guys. Slytherin's are bad guys. Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs are in the backgroud chillin.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? In SEVEN books she had the opportunity to do so much and this is what she ended up with. ALL the protagonists who mattered were from Gryffindor, and all the antagonists were Slytherin. And in theory, Slytherin was NOT about being evil! Having the quality of ambition does not mean you are evil, yet she turned the slytherin house into the ultimate house of evil little losers. I can picture JK sitting there in a gryffindor uniform waving a red and gold flag furiously. When she had the chance to redeem Slytherin in the end, when even those who was so annoyed at the way she handled things thought she was going to what did she do? She had all the slytherins WALK OUT and abandon the rest of the school. She solidified in her story that Slytherins were all a bunch of evil or cowards or unified against the rest of the heros who were willing to fight and die for one another. Rowling you suck.
The Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs do virtually NOTHING throughout the entire serious...NOTHING. Hermione should have been a Ravenclaw by ALL MEANS and Percy should have been a Slytherin!!!! She could have had some great issues going on with Percy being a slytherin conflicts and all that...but nope...not at all... So in the end Gryffindor rocks, Slytherin sucks, and the other two are there also. That is what she did with these 4 houses that were set up so cleverly. A brilliant idea that she just took to an elementary level and simplified with "these guys are good....and these are baddddd" And who was the only person that she made mention should have been in another house?? oh of course snape, the SLYTHERIN should have been a gryffindor! You know what the sad thing is I'm not even a slytherin fan! I wasn't one of those people who loved slytherin and was all into them, I just know when people in a story get a bad fucking rap.
Talking about the slytherins it seems a good transition to move onto Draco, one of the most mismanaged characters in the series. Draco was an interesting character because he was built as the anti-Potter, a talented rival, and he was going down a very different path in theory, possibly rising towards the death eaters, but who knows? Because we never see any insight into Draco beyond the fact he's a snivling little punk. We never see any good, ANY GOOD AT ALL in him. And we for 6 books see him and harry just trading asshole comments and Harry getting the upper hand on him and laughing. What a goddamn waste of time and of a character. She made him so shallow and empty she should have shown an OUNCE of good, something in there. And this is partially also her mismanagement of Harry too. Draco would have been a really interesting character to show a duality of good and evil a kid whose being pushed towards evil who doesn't necessarily know what he's getting into or what he wants. It would have been nice to see him and Harry at SOME POINT IN TIME have to work together. IN 7 BOOKS SHE DID NOT DO THIS ONCE!!!! She should have had DRACO with them in the 7th book hunting for horcruxs or something like that to help. A twist where over the final book they have to work together. Something like that, anything. What does she have happen? HARRY saves DRACO'S life and then Ron punches him in the face....the end...........that's redemption? That's the best she could do?? Basically the first book, the first little disputes between potter and Draco, where draco is a sniffling little jerk and gets his in the end...was the same theme that would continue to the end of the series through 7 books. Bravo Rowling...Bravo...
Voldemort and Harry
In regards to the duality of Voldemort and Harry Rowling made the same cliched mistake that so many authors and screenwriters made before. The whole theme that she tries pulling is that Harry is similar to voldemort, they are alike and Harry could turn out good or he could turn out like Voldemort etc. And she tries to show parallels in their childhoods etc... but she failes in a huge way, that Tom Riddle was fucking little psychopath. Of course he was going to be evil, how did anyone not see that coming??? In the movie the scene where dumbledore meets riddle HOW DO YOU NOT SEE SERIAL KILLER??? This is the mistake so many authors and screen writers make with this theme of "the guy before the main char turned out to be evil, so can the main char" When they have the main character be really likable, and the guy before him a total asshole who obviously is going to be evil!!
Lucus made this mistake bigtime because Anakin skywalker was an arrogant asshole. Was anyone surprised he turned? Of course not he was a whiny little shithead, of course he turned evil. Luke was a good guy (though he shared his father's whiny traits) Luke was a likable dorky kind of hero, if he turned in the end of Jedi it would have been like being stabbed in the back because he was such a good guy, but that was the point that even as a good guy he could have turned. Anakin was an asshole so of course he turned evil, you're not surprised by this, you're not crushed by it. This is done all the time for some reason. authors want readers or viewers to be ok with what happens, they don't seem to want the audience to be heartbroken or something. The truth is Anakin SHOULD have been like Luke so that the audience would see that Luke COULD have turned in the end. And Voldemort SHOULD have been like harry, originally wanting to do good, smart, and talented, but no, he was a little psychotic demon child from hell.
Horcruxs and the Deathly Hallows
Yeah Rowling you TOTALLY fail here. You can't have a 7 book series, and then wait until book 6 and 7 to talk or even hint about two of the most major things in the end of the series. In the end of book 7 its all about the "deathly Hallows" and yet you never hear about them until that book.....
Stop a moment and think about this. The magc items that ended up determining the end of the ENTIRE SERIES.... were not ever even mentioned AT ALL...until the 7th book of a 7 book series. The whole way to kill voldemort was these horcruxes, and the way to stop him was with the wand. These relics all, do not get ANY mention until towards the end. Does this show any thinking ahead? Any good planning? No, you know what it shows? Her thinking this shit up AFTER book 5. You know what that says to me? WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU DOING FROM BOOK 1 THROUGH 6?????
Basically how much of her books were nothing but filler ? (I'll give you a hint, it's above 80%)
TOTAL FAIL. Moody. Lupin. Tonks. What do all these characters have in common? They were all major side characters throughout the series who died in book 7.....OFF SCREEN. ROWLING WTF???? You killed those characters off screen??? First of all, get off your murdering "this is real life" high horse. You can't have a series that's only semi dark for 6 books and then make it UBER DARK for the last book. You can't have a death count of .5 a book and then kill like 15 people in the last book and suddenly be like "ooo this is the reality of war" You change the theme of the whole series, and that is really messed up to the readers. SHE KILLED THE FUCKING OWL FOR CHRIST'S S
* The whole multiple harry's flying idea was the dumbest idea EVER. In history. First off, you have a bunch of wizards who can fly looking for you and your plan so that you won't get found is to go up into the sky where you can be obviously seen? How about you WALK, or take a car or something that's actually hidden. And you need to take the kids with you? Really? Is the order of the phoenix that bad off that you gotta ask the kids to go along on this practical suicide mission?? This is the worst plan ever. EVER. EVERRRR.
There is much more I think she did wrong but I'll stop for now.