Most of my friends around me say that they have ‘grown up’ with Harry Potter, he was with them through their childhood years and now that all of the films have ended, they are struggling on how to ‘move on’ with their lives. My reaction to them was of course laughing in their faces.
I have said before in an earlier post that it wasn’t for me to judge how a book has changed someone’s life, now I would not identify myself as a hypocrite and nor do I ever want to become one, the human race is already blighted by plenty of those. Because of this I won’t be discussing whether I believe Harry Potter has the ability or power to exert a life changing force on someone, rather, should the Harry Potter series be classed as literature?
I grew up with the books, I can vaguely remember reading ‘Order of the Phoenix’ at 4am in the morning despite having school to go to the next day.
I do, however, believe that Harry Potter has escaped harsh criticism from many because of its mass popular culture and avid followers. But many critics have still ‘slammed JK Rowling’ for her work. Some saying that:
‘She has achieved nothing ‘new’ in terms of themes, character motifs, morals of characters. overall moral and meaning of the book and/or series’
Others have said that her writing style isn’t particularly unique and brings nothing new into the world of writing as well as the books being ‘rather simplistic.’ This I agree with and, although I enjoyed the books when I was younger, if I was asked to read them now I would consider it an insult to my intelligence. I wouldn’t consider Harry Potter to be literature and if I am wrong and people do believe it to be literature (my purpose isn’t to prove you otherwise, merely to say why I don’t believe it is) then it isn’t great literature. The language and dialogue between the characters are poor, many of the main characters are weak in moral, and I believe hardly any of them actually grow between the seven books.
Literature calls for powerful, complex characters and a series with more underlying motifs. Harry Potter simply does not have these. But I’ll leave the dear reader to form your own opinion as always and if it is indifferent to mine, please do not hesitate to tell me so.