Harry Potter

I will now prove myself an utter curmudgeon. Imagine!

I have seen Harry Potter and I declare it: TRIPE.

Because I have heard the movie is faithful to the book (which I shall not read), and because otherwise the movie was competently executed, I rest my verdict squarely on the shoulders of JK Rowling.

Rowling is a student of the Move Along, No Substance Here (MANSH) school of writing, of which Anne McCaffrey is the maven. The rules of MANSH:

  1. It shall be established early in the story that our hero shall never be placed in real peril, removing any sense of danger.
  2. Our hero is Special.
  3. Our hero doesn’t does not make mistakes. When our hero makes what might be perceived as a mistake, it is turned to his or her advantage.
  4. Our hero must never face disappointment.
  5. Character development must never exceed one dimension.

“B-b-but, it’s a children’s story!” cry the masses. It is not a story for my children, as I expect they would value critical reasoning and not want to be led through a story without any conflict or dimension of deep humanity. No, not everything needs to be serious, but even Disney films stories with greater meaning than this. Harry Potter is insubstantial. Less than fluff, it is air. It’s everywhere, and it’s better if you don’t see it.

8 Responses to Harry Potter

  1. John Banks says:

    I agree with your assessment of the movie, but I’ve read the books, and I don’t think the movie is all that faithful to them. Superficially, perhaps, which accounts for your reaction to it. But before you pass judgment on the books, and their author, do take a look at one. Otherwise, you’re talking out of your hat.

  2. Cat says:

    Thanks for the advice, but after that harrowing experience, I’d rather talk out of my hat. I have several.

  3. jr says:

    Potter Potter < Poop

  4. Paul says:

    I haven’t read the books, nor seen the movie, but I expect very little critical reasoning from AOL Time Warner.

    Just yesterday I overheard people talking up this movie on the El. Both were in their 20s. I wonder if it’s popular with adults versus kids?

  5. judith says:

    you and your future children might enjoy phillip pullman’s golden compass trilogy much more.

  6. judith says:

    you and your future children might enjoy phillip pullman’s golden compass trilogy much more.

  7. judith says:

    hey! i only posted once! what’s with that?

  8. Cat says:

    My site loves Judith so much, it wanted more. And I’ll check out those books, thanks!