Monday, May 2, 2016

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling

All my thoughts and writings on the first, second, third and fourth parts are obviously still valid.

Complementary views on number five : 

- To my mind, Dolores Umbridge makes for the very villainest villain of all, in part because of how admirably atypical she is. Still, I'll willingly admit that her foil, Bellatrix Lestrange, is passably unnerving as well. 

- Despite a fair number of able-bodied female characters, the books only occasionally pass the Bechdel-test. It is with great reluctance I own up to this. 
Rowling, I love you, but what were you thinking?

- Harry himself is often extremely bothersome in this instalment. 
Though that may not come off as a compliment to Rowling's characterization, anyone who has ever spent any time with a fifteen-year-old knows that it is.

- Analogies to markedly bigoted periods in muggle history - say, 1930s Germany or, wow!, Europe today! - are mercifully left to the reader's own appreciation.



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