Katya’s review of Хари Потър и Орденът на феникса (Хари Потър, #5)
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Aug 24, 2011 05:02AM
I think book 5 is the series low point; not in terms of quality but because it's the moment when Harry is transitioning from boy to man. And it's not pretty; that never is. He acts like a teenager, sort of annoying and whiny, and he's also at his most isolated and alone. People are against him and it's easy to join the chorus. But that's one of the things I like about Rowling - Harry's character development arc isn't smooth and perfect. He goes through rough patches, and in books 6&7 he's matured, he's ready to do what needs to be done.
Aug 24, 2011 11:37AM
*sigh* It's the same thing as my review of the last book. People comment on how realistic Rowling's characterization is. I don't dispute that - I just lament the unfairness of our society.
Much like any other teen, I might add.
Aug 24, 2011 11:49AM
Yeah, this and book #7 were my least favorites in the series.
Though, while some of her characterization is realistic, I don't agree that all of it is. Everyone, even Dumbledore, is TSTL come book #7 and I pretty much hated them all except for Neville, Luna, Cho, Hermione, and Snape.
Aug 24, 2011 01:06PM
Rowling said she could've cut some parts of this book out, but she ran out of time or something. I wonder if she
done that, would she have included the mirror sooner? I get so mad that Harry never thought to open that package. I know a lot was going on, but really, Sirius gave you a package -- hid it from Molly to get it to you -- and you never even thought to open it?
Harry annoyed the hell out of me in this one.
Aug 24, 2011 05:06PM
Well, I think there's a big difference between a character who is annoying and inadequate most of the time and a character who is annoying and inadequate for a good reason, temporarily - I know I've made similar comments about Charlaine Harris' female lead, Sookie Stackhouse. Mostly, she stands up for herself and speaks out as necessary - but sometimes she's pushy and snappy and whiny, and that's a valid response to stress. In limited doses.
I think the point you're making is more to do with framing than gender. If you frame a character's development as maturing or a hero's journey, or whatnot, the mistakes are progress along the way. That works for men and women. But fairy tales are more about morality tales than character growth, and a lot of female leads are spun from fairy tales. So you get object lessons instead of mistakes.
That's just an off the cuff thought.
Oct 29, 2011 02:49PM
I don't agree with a lot of what you said, but I definitely see your point and this review was *hilarious*.
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