Saturday, March 04, 2006

A dissenting opinion

The fifth Harry Potter book is a book many Potterphiles I know have professed to dislike, or like less than the other ones, because the protagonist's anger, depression, and frustration — more visible in this volume than any other in the series — get on their nerves. I can understand why they might think that, but I see things very differently. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — yes, book five — is my favorite of the six that have been published. So when I encountered a great MuggleNet editorial that argues a point of view I share (I appreciate rather than find myself annoyed by Harry's emotional state at that point in the series), I knew I absolutely had to link it. This is the opening paragraph.
Tons of people loved Order of the Phoenix. I did too, but a lot of people I've spoken to, in person and online, have said that one of the things that they didn't like about the book was Harry's seemingly constant anger. I've heard many things like, "He was way too moody", "He was so ticked off all the time", "His anger was so irritating", and "He was such a whiner in this one." It seems that the source (or sources) of Harry's anger are flying right over many (not all) fans' heads, as though this sudden, unfounded anger appeared out of nowhere (sarcasm ;)). A lot of people found Harry's rage annoying, and I found it very annoying that so many people found it annoying.

Like the editorial's pseudonymous author, Luna, I find it irksome that many people find Harry's feelings in Order of the Phoenix so vexing. If you've read all six Harry Potter books and would like to get a glimpse of my perspective on this subject, click on over to Luna's piece and read it — it's rather short and won't take but a few minutes. If you haven't read the books, the editorial probably won't mean much to you, and if you haven't read book six... well, minor spoilers.