Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)

harry potterBetter latent than never. OK, millions of children and tweens kiss these holy pages every night and morn, and it’s quite sweet. But, having read all of them and a load of actual literature, I am inclined to think this is poppycock. And what is all this nonsense about it being so original. Platform 9 and 3/4 ?! Has any one ever read Eva Ibbotson’s The Secret Of Platform 13? A secret platform on Kings Cross station that leads to a magical castle. Sound familiar? The plot lines are all pinched from folklore and superior children’s literature.

Predictable, badly written, and to be honest she just got lucky. Does no one else think it’s a warning sign that no less than fifteen publishers turned this down before it finally got published? You’re kids might love it but don’t let them linger or they’ll waste their life thinking that this is literature. Give them Tolkien and Narnia before it’s too late. And if you’re wondering if the others get any better they don’t. They become childish and inappropriate, with unbelievable romances as our author tries to mature the characters.

The once fastidious Hermione flits about after the boys, who just pass her around, along with Ginny, Luna and the others. The books get longer and more silly and hard to take seriously. The later books are probably even dangerous to young girls in the way that the female characters behave and how they are treated. The word whore-ish comes to mind, if that’s a word. There seems to be an information overload too, a cluttered feeling to the whole thing. And what’s with the cover? It looks like someone has passed a very painful gall stone.

I do not believe for one second that when the author wrote this first one, she had seven in mind. Furthermore, I believe that had the first not been published, the rest would not have been written. She may have had the idea, but what fool spends years and years writing something that will not be enjoyed by the public? She quickly churned out the sequel(s) once she saw the tsunami of money and ridiculous media attention flowing in. I think that JK Rowling was just in the right place at the right time. But then what do I know? My tattered copy from the local library was smeared in swear words. Kids today! (my lips are pursed)

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Comments

  1. Hilarious review, I couldn’t agree more! I certainly shall use “tsunami of money” as part of my daily vocabulary from now on. šŸ˜‰

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