This Time article about all the things that are wrong with Harry Potter. Try not to cry as you read this because it is infuriating and full of spelling errors.
Shall we go one by one? Okay.
1. The amount of time they spent in the forrest in book seven.
Firstly, why are we spelling forest with two r’s? Secondly, I think them spending quite a bit of time in the Forest of Dean (I mean seriously for someone grew up with the books, you could at least know the name of it…) is important because it really shows how little Harry knew. I mean, we as a reader know that Dumbledore has told Harry next to nothing about what he is supposed to do, but Ron and Hermione don’t know that. And all that time spent in the forest really develops their relationships – think of how much that did for Ron for him to realize that Harry knew so little and to be so frustrated and to end up leaving and coming back. That was a lot of emotional development for the trio and not at all boring or useless to me.
Here are some other words to describe Ginny: Loyal, fierce, shy, intelligent, quick thinking, stubborn. Done.
3. Killing off Hedwig
Okay, I could maybe give you this one – but Hedwig is an owl okay. It’s not like she killed of Ron or Hermione or Mrs. Weasley. How much would Hedwig have added to the plot of book 7 if she had lived? Probably just a lot of her being annoyed because she couldn’t do anything because she was so easy to pin as Harry’s owl and that’s why they knew who he was anyway and that is how she died. Jesus.
4. Fred and George not noticing Peter Pettigrew sleeping in Ron’s bed every night on the Marauder’s map.
Maybe they did notice Peter Petttigrew on the map but that name would have meant nothing to them. They did not know who the Marauder’s were. They didn’t know that Peter Pettigrew was thought dead and murdered by Sirius and they didn’t know that he was the one who actually betrayed Harry’s parents. So them seeing Peter Pettigrew on the map would have been totally useless because they had no freaking clue who he was.
*Also, how is this article on Time.com and has so many spelling errors?
5. Harry not being able to see the Thestrals.
1. Harry does not see the Thestrals at first because even though he witnessed his mother’s death, it’s not something that he actually has a clear memory of, so it hasn’t resonated with him in that emotional way.
2. Immediately after Cedric’s (OH MY GOD THE SPELLING ERRORS) death, Harry is in shock and J.K. Rowling herself said that he needed to recognize and accept that death in order to see them.
I’ll admit, this one is a bit shaky – but I’m willing to suspend belief here for Rowling because Thestrals are wicked cool.
6. Being too subtle about Dumbledore’s sexuality.
J.K. Rowling was under no obligation to tell us Dumbledore’s sexuality. I’m sure there are other LGBTQ characters in the HP universe that she hasn’t told us about. The point is that it didn’t matter that he was gay. Dumbledore’s gayness had no effect on the plot of the book and she clearly did not it to overshadow the greater purpose of the book which was Harry’s journey. Not Dumbledore’s journey. It’s not Dumbledore and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Dumbledore and the Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore and the Prisoner of Azkaban – he his not the central character therefore it was not necessary for us to have that information.
7. Voldemort’s Triwizard Tournament evil plot.
First of all, Harry is not dumb – he is just instinctual. He trusted fake Moody because so many already trusted him. If Dumbledore says you’re cool, you’re cool. Sure there may have been easier ways to lure Harry and he probably would have fallen for it but: 1. That would have made for a hella short ass book, yo. And 2. There are a lot more people (and smarter, more experienced people) to fool than just Harry, like Crouch Sr., Dumbledore, Ludo Bagman, Percy Weasley, etc.
8. Wizarding school sucks
Um… no. You’re just wrong. I mean first of all there were other classes besides the ones that we had the most access to like Alchemy, Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, Muggle Studies, etc. Practical skills are probably quite different in the magical world because they have MAGIC. They get magical jobs in the magical world and use magic to solve their (magical) problems. Duh.
9. The time turner problem
*Facepalm* SOO MUCH DUMB. First of all, that’s not what time turners are for. By changing one small thing, you may change many big things. Remember that Dumbledore did try to save Tom Riddle by taking him from the Orphanage, trying to treat him kindly and showing him that revenge and hatred was not the way – but it didn’t work. So what was he to do? Go back in time and kill him? That could offset a whole lot of things like Snape never becoming a Death Eater and Lily never ending their friendship, thereby never falling for James and never having Harry and then we have no books at all, and that is a tragedy I could not deal with.
Secondly, the time turners are closely guarded and monitored by the Department of Mysteries and I’m sure their not just going to hand them out so that you can go back in time to fix some mistakes and change wizarding and human history, okay?
And thirdly, the entire collection of Time Turners was destroyed in book 5 so this whole conversation is kind of moot.
As for the point of Hermione being too young to have a time turner to attend classes – it wasn’t like they just handed it to her. She had to meet with her professors and they had to pull quite a few strings for her to gain that responsibility. Hermione is a stickler for rules (for the most part), so it doesn’t seem unusual to me that she would be granted that responsibility. And she was third year, you fool.
*deep breath* I think that about covers it, don’t you?