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I finally read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which has been sitting on my bookshelves since it was published. Like the "just-in-time" inventory system that some businesses use, I've only been reading each of the Harry Potter novels a month or two before its film version is released. I haven't wanted to read ahead, because I want to enjoy the films without knowing what happens next in the story. I think all that's about to change, though. I loved Phoenix, and can't wait to see where the story goes from here. Book Six will probably be started the day after I see Phoenix, and there's no way I'll be waiting around for another couple of years to read Book Seven, lol.

That said, I now have to confess in a small voice that I don't like Harry very much these days. He's rash and foolhardy and absolutely convinced that he's the only one who understands, or is capable of understanding, what's going on. "A typical teenager," I hear everyone telling me, and I recognise the truth of it. Still, believing that, and refusing to listen to advice from anyone, be they adults or Hermione and Ron, he sets in motion events that have catastrophic results for other people. And then he seems to be suitably horrified, but I have my doubts that it's more than show, because he doesn't learn anything, and so the cycle just repeats itself. I told someone the other day that if Harry ends up dying in Deathly Hallows, I won't be that upset. He's got one book now to convince me to feel differently.

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kaynyne
May. 9th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
I don't think a lot of people like Harry much:) He's a moody, snivelling brat in OoTP. I like to think that JK Rowling intended Harry to be not so 'nice' for a while, and for him to be flawed like any normal teenager.

He improves slightly in the next book, does a couple of small, seemingly unimportant things that make you go 'Aw, yes, that's more like it':)

If I were writing DH, I'd kill Harry, not because I don't like him, but because the story would be stronger for his sacrifice, but I'm not sure her publishers would let her kill him now with the movies and merchandise being so huge.
aswanargent
May. 13th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
If I were writing DH, I'd kill Harry, not because I don't like him, but because the story would be stronger for his sacrifice, but I'm not sure her publishers would let her kill him now with the movies and merchandise being so huge.

*sigh* You're probably right. Most everyone is going to want a happy ending. I don't know if you've ever read any of Elizabeth George's mysteries; she did something in a recent book that outraged fans so much that they sent their books back en masse. But it was true to the way things really happen in life, and it's going to force her characters to grow as they try to grapple with it.