Saturday, December 21, 2013

I Love Controversy... A Very Bookish Post!

Please don't be scared away from the title. This post may be controversial, but not in a bad way :) So I say...
Anyways, I hope you all are doing good! Ian is visiting from  college, so i may be absent for longer than usual! And Christmas... 4 days!!!!!!!!
Soooooo...
         TO THE CONTROVERSY:

I READ HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND... LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! AND... THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!!!!!   

So, DO NOT KILL ME. I realize Harry potter is supposed to support "witchcraft." Or "encourage children to practice magic." IT DOESN'T! First things first, i will explain why everyone should read these, then explain how THEY ARE NOT BAD NOR DO THEY SUPPORT WITCHCRAFT.

               THE GREATNESS: 

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)                        


Oh wait...

                     THE GREATNESS: 

CHARACTERS: 
Harry Potter are some of the best-peopled books i have read- EVER.
They are greatly varied, realistic, three dimensional, well-developed and every other compliment you can think to heap on them.

HARRY POTTER:
eh, is it a crime to say, i am not particularly fond of Harry.  There was nothing about him that stood out to me. He is also very well-developed; though. He definitely went through a change in The Order of the Phoenix, and i wanted to hit him over the head half of the book, but it keeps up these books sense of realistic-ness.

HERMIONE GRANGER:
*does a little happy dance*
Hermione is my absolute favorite. She is very smart, sassy, and, well, i  like her even more since i took a quiz and i was her. i must like myself... ;)
However, in book 4 specifically, i wanted to scream  at her; "OH MY GOODNESS HERMIONE, STAY AWAY FROM VIKTOR KRUM- HE IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!! GO TO RON!!!!!!!!! YOU KNOW, YOUR FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Er, yeah... but Hermione us still the absolute best :) :) :) Just like me : )

RON WEASLEY: Yes, moi like Ron. He has a very, um, humorous sense of humor (don't ask) and is just very awesome. And his rat... I love how he like hates Hermione at first. :) But RON, WHAT THE HECK WERE YOU THINKING!!!!! JUST TRYING TO MAKE HERMIONE ANGRY, WERE YOU???? LAVENDER IS PLAIN STUPID!!!!!!! See, I have serious issues with these characters... but they are still over-all awesome.

MINOR CHARACTERS: i love them all! From Fred and George, to Dumbledore, to Dobby, to Luna (Loony) Lovegood, to ginny, to Mrs. Weasley, to Sirius black... they are all amazing.

THE WRITING: Rowling writes very elegantly. And very accurately. And very awesomely. And it is FUNNY.

THE PLOT: Magic. In a literal and figurative way. How on earth these books could have been plotted out- I don't know... but I love it. There is something special. How Harry and Hermione are friends. They are more free together than Ron and Hermione. How every little plot end is weaved seamlessly into this tapestry. I almost cried in the last book, by the way. There is a reason these books are bestsellers. Not just like *shudders* Twilight, these books will live on. And honestly, though I rarely use this term, they are modern classics.

SOOOOOOO, HOW THESE BOOKS ARE NOT SUPPORTIVE OF WITCHCRAFT, NOR DO THEY DESCRIBE IT:

Just because there is time travel in a book, not scientifically explained, does that make people think that time travel is possible?  I DON'T THINK SO. Harry Potter lives in a world of magic. but the magic is just there. They say a few random words and move their wands. OH NO. BIG DEAL.
MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, a six year old might think it actually works. MAYBE. I doubt it.
These books have less magic than most fantasy books I have read. no joke.
And by the way, the rumor that the author actually practiced witchcraft- is just that, a rumor. Whoever created it probably wanted a reason to tell their kids they couldn't read these books because they didn't think their children were wise enough.
THESE BOOKS DO NOT SUPPORT WITCHCRAFT IN ANY WAY- THEY ARE CLEAN, AND NOT BAD. END OF STORY.


ANY COMMENTS WOULD BE MORE THAN APPRECIATED!

 

8 comments:

  1. I know quite a few people who love Harry Potter, but personally, I'm not one of them. They are still my friends, but I just dislike it. When I started to read one, i got a bad feeling in my stomach. I don't know. I'm not in anyway saying you're wrong for liking it, it's your opinion, but its just not for me.

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  2. As you know, hehe, I'm very behind on Harry Potter! Book 2! Woot, go me. *ahem* I decided to read them because of all the controversy (plus I wasn't really "allowed" to when I was younger). I'm absolutely loving the characters and the writing! It's quirky and refreshing, although JK Rowling is using some writingish things I cringe at (loooots of adverbs! Noooo!) But I admit it is a style. And very English. Yes.

    As for the witchcraft aspect, I'm actually going to have to disagree! Witchcraft IS real. But, so far, there's a definite line between the badies and the goodies in HP. I think that's what I like most. Yes, they all are learning to be wizards, but what are they using their magic for? Plus, (kind of like you said), I read books about insta-love and werewolves and I don't get my brain in a twist because it's real/not real and good/bad. I just read and enjoy a story.

    Okay! Wow. That was long. >_< And I can't believe I forgot to follow your blog! Amended now. ;)

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    1. I agree, Cait! It's the same with Narnia and LOTR--using magic for good versus using magic for evil! And, ditto on the adverbs thing. Ugh. I used to use way too many of them myself in my writing, and it's just . . . yeah. Not good writing at all. I don't even think it's acceptable as a "style"--the way to do it is use strong nouns and verbs and that way everything is much more concise.

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    2. She does use a lot of adverbs! I think I struggle with that too.
      I do agree with all your points on witchcraft, I merely think it ridiculous when people get in a fuss because they think anyone who reads the books are going to want to start practicing witchcraft. Yes, just enjoy the story. Or try to, anyways ;)

      Yipee! And don't worry, long comments are great :D

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  3. I think the people who tend to believe that these "support witchcraft" are also the people who believe that The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings support the same. Which I don't believe in at all, and don't quite understand the people who do, but. . . . I guess everybody's different.

    I'm glad you liked them! I can't wait to read them someday :)

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    1. Yes, exactly. Fantasy is supposed to be just that. FANTASY. FICTION. For goodness sakes people, fiction is not supposed to be real...

      I have a feeling you will ove these when you read them, I can not wait ! :)

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