*cringes under all the cold glares*
Yes, yes, yes, I am completely aware that I ought to be ashamed of myself for reading the Harry Potter books. And I honestly am a little bit; I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
In any case, they turned out to be pretty review-worthy, so here we are. (Please don’t kill me. . .)
Sorry this post is late, by the way! I was hoping I could get it done on time but. . . life happened. 😛
~~ Brief Summary ~~
Young Harry Potter lives with his cold, suppressive aunt and uncle, and his spoiled cousin. And as far as he’s concerned, he’s a relatively normal and ordinary kid. But then on his eleventh birthday, he discovers — thanks to a giant called Hagrid and a hundred-something letters — that he has actually been a famed wizard his whole life. You see, he is the only known person to have survived a death-blow from the evil, nationwide-feared wizard, Voldemort. . . and he was only a year old! In a whirlwind of events, he enrolls in Hogwarts (one of the best witchcraft and wizardry schools there is) where he learns spells and potions, makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers more about the wizarding world — and himself — than he could ever imagine.
~~ General Review ~~
(Please note that there are no major spoilers in this review. 🙂 )
There were times that I was tempted to stop reading the series because. . . well. . . the characters drove me nuts sometimes. And I’m not just talking about the Malfoys or the Dursleys or Umbridge (although I kind of wanted to strangle Umbridge. . .).
The whole school had a sort of ungodly nature, really. It makes me wonder how much worse a real public school is. The whole boyfriend-girlfriend-love-potion-sneaking-into-corners-and-kissing thing took me by surprise, as did some of the bullying. It really dampened my admiration for Hogwarts. Of course, as a home-schooler in a strict Christian family, maybe I’m just not accustomed to some of the elements portrayed in the books. So if you go to a public school, and you’ve read Harry Potter, tell me what you think!
Then, of course, there’s the problem of magic in general. According to the Bible, magic and sorcery is a way of the Devil. While the concept of magic may seem fun and exciting, it will warp your faith and your worldview for the worst. I’m talking to myself as much as I’m talking to you readers, because I often find myself wishing I could move things with the flick of a wand. It’s on my mental list of things to pray about.
Now let me talk about Harry. Because as I was reading, there were multiple instances when I just wanted to climb into the book, come up to Harry and smack some sense into him. Some of the choices that he made were kind of foolish. He broke rules in Hogwarts often enough that it numbed me, and gave me the impression that sneaking out of place when one shouldn’t and outwardly insulting one’s authorities is a good thing (which it’s not!! It’s breaking rules, and it contradicts the Fifth Commandment!).
He tends to be kind of disrespectful. Like, dude! I know you aren’t a fan of the Malfoys and vice versa, but that doesn’t mean you need to spew insults at Draco’s mother’s face! Sure, she’s a Death Eater, but she’s also an adult! You don’t need to like her, and you don’t need to have the same views as her, but at least show some respect!!
Now, having said all this, Harry Potter isn’t actually a terrible series. In fact, it’s one of the most creative series I’ve ever read. There were so many things that I never would have thought up. The concepts of Hogwarts, Quidditch (soccer on broomstick), the Ministry of Magic, the Death Eaters and various potions and spells are ingenious. I could tell that the author, J.K. Rowling, put a lot of effort into researching magic, mythology, etymology and Latin.
It was a good read in general. I feel like I could improve on the wording that Rowling tends to use — too many comma-separated phrases in one sentence, but other than that I think she’s a fairly good writer, and certainly an excellent world-builder.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give the Harry Potter series a 7.5.
I think I’m done now. There was one more thing regarding the books that I wanted to mention, but it contains spoilers that would scar you for life. It’s basically an idea for a slight adjustment to the last book. If you want to learn more, you can PM me. XD
Do Tell! Have you read any Harry Potter? What’s your opinion on it? Did you enjoy this review?
Have a good week, Hunters! Cheers for the end of the school year! 😀
~~ Dekreel, a would-be Ravenclaw student