I tend to harp on how the “major” authors today are actually quite bad. Dan Brown and JK Rowling are the two prime examples. I wanted to go over exactly why JK is a bad author. Note that author is different than story teller. Both are good at it, the flow is decent and the story hooks. The author part is where the story actually makes any amount of sense and the writing is above a grade 10 level.
So, Harry Potter, the best mediocre wizard in the world. The second coming. It’s said quite clearly in the books that he’s a below average student with no real aptitudes other than getting into trouble. My argument, for this post, is that nearly all the events of every book could have been avoided if Harry had listened to his elders and stayed put on his butt.
Philosopher’s Stone: Voldemort wants the stone. It’s well hidden in a mirror that only Harry can use. Harry uses it instead of letting the wizards with hundreds of years experience take care of the problem. Actually comes inches from giving it to the bad guy.
Chamber of Secrets: Voldemort is coming out from a book that Ginny has. The basilisk is killing people. Harry hides the fact that he’s been talking to a book and nearly gets killed by a spider for it. He then deduces where the entrance is, runs down and gets saved by a bird. Twice.
Prisoner of Azkaban: The worst book by far. Anyways, he’s to save a bird and his uncle from death. Fails at both. Needs a friend and a time travelling device to do it. Oh, you can save a bird but you can’t save the most powerful wizard of all time with it? Why is Voldemort looking for anything but this time turner thing?
Goblet of Fire: He’s put into a tournament without wanting to be there. Needs huge help to pass the first test, a gift to pass the second and barely scratches through the third only to get the top of the class wizard killed in the process. If he had never gone into the tournament or simply bailed within it, Voldemort would never have his blood and never been born again.
Order of the Phoenix: How many times is Harry told not to go searching for the memory? What does he do? He goes searching, finds it and gets his uncle killed.
Half Blood Prince: Ok, so this one he basically is the second character next to Dumbledore, a gopher for all purposes. Still, he doesn’t listen and disturbs the water, further weakening his mentor. He does listen towards the end though and lets his pal get shot off a roof. What, a time turner would have saved him? Really?
Deathly Hallows: Holy crap. Everything Harry tries to do here ends up killing someone. His slave, his friends, his teachers, everyone seems to bite the bullet. Except the Malfoys. Oh, the last fight? He dies, is reborn and wins due to a hidden technicality based on wand ownership. Something Sherlock Holmes would raise an eyebrow on.
From day 1, if Harry had kept his nose down and followed the “rules” no one would have died, no arch-evil enemy would have been respawned, no huge war, just simple peace with one retarded gang of evil people in places of power. I mean really, the Malfoys are still alive at the end and they were the biggest enemies through all 7 books. In a future post I’ll show how Harry actually didn’t succeed at anything in the books. Everything was either pure luck, a gift, a friend or a hidden gotcha Rowling used to get out of a painted corner. Time Turner, really? To save a bird?