Review (not rated)
Hello. My name is David Feldman and I have read all four books. When the fifth comes out I will read that one too. I hate them all. Witchcraft aside (I will leave that out as I disagree with that TYPE of concern. It is, I believe, simply an outlet for the sane public who lacks the eloquence to express their disgust with the series).
Firstly, let me explain something. I am neither a devout Christian nor a fanatic who hates all popular things out of jealousy. I am also not someone who hates things on principle. In fact, I am an enthusiastic reader and I have read virtually every classic that the current literary pool has to offer. Thus hear me out.
It is important to note at this point that the series is riddled with grammatical errors and that the plot lines (I hesitate to pluralize 'line' because the four book are really all the same - after approximately 2000 pages, he still lives during the summer in a cupboard like some kind of Cinderella, he still hates Malfoy, Voldemort, and Snape, and still loves Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid. He discovers something mythological – and thus unoriginal – every time, then risks getting in trouble to stop the ‘bad guys’, meets Voldemort – and doesn’t kill him – and then somehow emerges the hero) are always the same. I simply fail to comprehend how avid fans can claim that they ‘could not put it down’. On the contrary, I found them difficult to keep up!
In addition, several points of the books are in fact taken from other books, and others are outright plagiarized. For example, as we all know, Ms. Rowling was sued recently by one Nancy Stouffer, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, who argues in her federal lawsuit that ideas for the Potter series were lifted from a book she wrote in 1984. The book’s main character contains a character whose name is Larry Potter, and the term ‘muggle’ is used in the book as well (which is entitled The Legend of Rah and the Muggles) to describe little people who care for orphans. The entire idea of Voldemort being killed but his spirit still lingering is a direct parallel to Sauron the deceiver in Tolkein’s stories.
However, perhaps the worst part about the series is that it is such literary filth that by allowing our children to read them, we are skewing their opinions on creativity and on literature and therefore we are eliminating all chances of this generation producing any great thinkers.
Something needs to be done to stop the series before it does any more damage, and I believe that the only possible way of doing that is to remove these books from the shelves – for good.