Overrated: Harry Potter


Article Summary

In the article at issue, the author takes apart the titular character of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series on grounds of him not being “interesting” or noteworthy enough as a person. She writes that it is hard for her, and other people who grew up with her, to be really impartial about Potter, formative as the series was to their childhoods and character developments. However, she has gained enough distance to decide that Potter’s charm pales in front of almost every other character in the books, all of whom went through character development. The author pegs Harry as largely sullen and too-perfect. She thinks his character is devoid of joy, and his amusement is limited to laughing at other people when prompted. He also is un-amicable to anyone he doesn’t know particularly well, making him exclusivist. The too-perfect nature of Harry comes, according to the author, from a lack of financial or other struggles to achieve greatness on his part, as he begins and ends, in the series, as someone ‘special’, gifted and well-loved. In contrast, several other characters shake off their insecurities and appear more relatable, while Harry stays notably plain and unidirectional. The author ends on a note of reiteration of her opinions, providing more examples that make her case against Harry, which consist of schoolmates, friends and contemporaries of his.

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Words to learn from this article:

Bland: vapid, shallow, uninteresting.

Noughties: the period from 2000 to 2010 AD.

Nerve-wracking: very frightening or unsettling.

Rebuffing: rejecting an offer, turning one down.

Ludicrously: absurd and ridiculous.

Diatribe: a scathing verbal attack.


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