2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Honest Hour (3)

Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of Honesty Hour. I've been meaning to do this specific one for a while now but for some reason I just kept putting it off. But finally I decided to go ahead and change it up a bit from my original plan. My favorite series is Harry Potter and it comes as no surprise. But there's a lot of things that I feel about it that I just haven't really said. 

So for this week, I'll focus on The Characters. Not all of them but some. The ones that really got to me as I was reading. Now it's not all bad as Honesty Hour isn't just bad stuff despite my previous posts. It's just a way to say my actual feelings about the books and such. So let's begin. WARNING: There may be a few curse words! 

Cho Chang: While I was re-reading the series, I began to notice one thing. Cho Chang acted like such a bitch. The way she treated Harry while they were "dating" and the whole crying over Cedric ordeal even after she was with Harry really pissed me off. I was seriously yelling at her to move the hell on because it happened a long time ago. I don't exactly mean getting over his death but I do mean getting over him being her boyfriend. She was with Harry now and I seriously felt that the only reason she was with him was because he was the last person to be with Cedric. Especially on the part where she asks Harry if Cedric mentioned her before he died. It just makes her vain and inconsiderate to the fact that they were about to die, and eventually did, and all she cares about is that his last words were that he loved her. It's weird because in the movie we see a completely different side of her than in the books. In the movie she's such a sweet girl yet in the book she's a hard ass Quidditch player who can't make up her mind. 

James Potter: Now this one you may be able to argue over but I find no excuse at all. James Potter was a bully. Simple as that. He tortured Severus Snape through his years at Hogwarts and basically stole Lily away from him. And when I say steal I actually mean steal. Severus called Lily a mudblood because of one condition. James was bullying him and embarrassing him in front of everyone. I'm not condoning Snape's words during that moment because he was also wrong but just imagine if James didn't pick on Severus. Imagine if James left him alone and didn't acknowledge him. Snape wouldn't have called Lily a mudblood and they would've still talked to each other. It was clear that Lily loved Snape. He was the first person she had that she shared something with. It would never go away from her heart and her mind. So I do call James a bully because he hated Snape for the simple fact of hating him and he tore love apart. 

Severus Snape: It seems that J.K. Rowling had a theme with many of her characters. They were bullies. I know I just said Severus Snape was bullied at Hogwarts and I do feel bad for him. But what I do not feel bad for is the fact that he in turn bullied Harry. He claims it's because he's James' son but that is no damn excuse to pick on an eleven-year-old when you are a grown man. If he clearly loved Lily like he said he did he would've protected Harry out in the open and not give a damn what anyone said. Okay, maybe not protect because then the plan to kill Voldemort wouldn't work but he would've been a lot nicer to Harry during school. And the fact that EVERYONE and their mothers feel sorry for him during his death pisses me off. Am I glad that he died? No, I'm sad that a character this deep was killed but it had to be done. I'm actually glad that he did die. He deserved everything he got. He wasn't really protecting Harry, he was protecting his memory of Lily. His last words weren't Harry Potter, I believe in you. His last words were, You have your mother's eyes. Snape didn't care for Harry at all and the simple fact that he put him through hell makes me glad that he was punished for it. Even if it was extreme. 

Draco Malfoy: Last but not least is Draco. Another example of the whole feel sorry for the bully type of character. Draco was Harry's enemy from day one and it could not have been clearer. This kid while he still was a child wanted bad things to happen to Harry. He also put him through hell and it seemed as if Harry couldn't escape from it. So why is it that when Draco has to kill Dumbledore that everyone starts feeling bad for him. Oh this poor soul, afraid for his life, forced to do what he didn't want to. He lowered his wand, he was going to join the good side. Bull crap! Draco signed up for it. He became a Death Eater! He knew exactly what was going to happen and had been in on the whole Voldemort / Death Eater ordeal for YEARS! His father was one. So no, I don't feel bad for him that he was almost killed, that he was basically tortured. He signed up for it and now he has to pay for what he deserves. Next time he should think twice about what he really wants before acting!

And that my friends is what I present to you. These four characters really got to me during the series re-read. There's so much more I can go on about other characters but I didn't want you guys to be here all day. But, I would love for you guys to let me know; which characters do you guys see in a different light? Leave your comments down below so we can get discussing. It is possible that I can do more Harry Potter Honesty Hour's along with more characters. Who knows? I just have to look into my heart for what I really feel.


Sadaf H. said...

One of my friends feels the same way about James Potter as you. She said he was a douche bag, and a bully to Snape.

J.K. Rowling said in an interview, if Harry Potter was not Lily's son, then he would not protect him. So you're absolutely right, he only protected him to keep his memory of Lily alive.

I did not like Snape, even at the end when he died. I know he did a good thing, but he was still a bully. He was not a good person, and I don't think that really made him a "hero."

I actually liked Draco. I feel like he had some goodness in him, even though he was born into the house of Slytherin. One of my favourite scenes in The Deathly Hallows was when Harry saves Draco in the Gringotts bank. Even though Draco was a bully, Harry looked passed that and did the right thing.

My favourite character in the series was Dumbledore. He was so majestic and wise, yet also fatherly to Harry. I was devastated when he died.

Fairday Morrow said...

What a fantastic post! I loved it! I am a huge HP fan and could talk about the series for hours. I think the points you brought up are very interesting. I couldn't stand Cho in the books- and think you nailed it on the head. I also agree that James was not nice and Harry wsa not like his dad, even though Snape treated him as if her were his father. I don't think Snape should have bullied an 11 year old kid, he obviously still hated James for a variety of reasons (Lily inccuded). I did feel bad for Snape in some ways at the end of the book. I hated Draco for most of the books and I do feel like he knew what he was getting into, but he was expecting it to be different. Unfortunately, when you mix with Deatheaters, they do not value life- your or anyone elses. Draco was young though, and I did feel bad for him.

Harry was certainly a very big person. He forgave lots of people for their actions!

Thanks for the food for thought!

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