Honestly? It's because the only book I read last week was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which, mind you, I specifically stated didn't count toward my resolution. I know, I've done some major slacking; however, I'm starting with a fresh, new book today (which is always an exciting feeling) and I'll actually be able to start it at lunch because Cashman is a daycare today (which means I don't have to drive home to let him out--which is also an exciting feeling)!
So, Harry Potter...
I wrote a paper during my last semester of college on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the role of Harry as the "Hero." A lot of those ideas still resonate with me after giving the book another read. The concept of the Hero as it is known through Greek Mythology is half-human and half-God and therefore bestowed with admirable skills and natural ability or aptitude. The Hero never grows, changes, or learns but rather unfolds (is revealed to us) as a character. Harry's stepping into the role of the "Hero" ultimately makes him boring and uninteresting as we never see any character development but discover the things that make him special. The other characters and objects are merely devices to prop up Harry's character into the role of "Hero" to show off his natural abilities and skills that will eventually save Hogwarts (and, ultimately the entire wizard community and possibly even humanity). We always only discover things Harry already knows and is already good at. (E.g. Harry never learns to fly, but once he is given a broomstick we discover he is a naturally good flier. The fact that Harry has never encountered a magical broomstick before seems to be the only thing that has been holding him back all this time.)
I think the characters of Ron and Hermione are much more interesting than Harry. Even a character as minor as Neville Longbottom seems to grow more throughout the novel than Harry when he learns to stand up for himself against both Malfoy and the H, R, H trio.
and so on, and so on ...
What do you think? Am I completely off base here? This isn't saying that I don't think the stories can be fun and smart and intriguing--especially for a young audience (magic and BFF's and unicorns and the ultimate battle of good vs evil??!! whoot!). I had a great time with the books. Not to mention the uncanny way it got people young, old, world-wide reading again with hunger and frenzy and investment. I think that Miss Rowling deserves total kudos for her work! I'm also saying that if everyone is going to rave about something lets look at it critically, intelligently, and see what it has to offer, and also what its flaws may be. (I'm in no way trying to engage in the strange "it-teaches-your-children-witchcraft-and-should-be-banned" critiques).
Are you a big Potter fan? Why?
Unfortunately, today is Monday and it's Daylight Savings... these two factors have definitely thrown me off of my jive these last two days.