Happy Friday, awesome people! I hope school/work/life is going well for all of you!
I know a lot of readers are huge, avid, die-hard Harry Potter fans. While I enjoyed the Harry Potter books, I am a far cry from their biggest fan. Because of this, I have quite a few unpopular opinions when it comes to the series. These days, some are far less unpopular than others, but still…
Without any further ado, my unpopular opinions about Harry Potter!
#5- I Don’t Like Dumbledore
This is an opinion that isn’t quite as unpopular as it used to be. But, to me, Dumbledore was manipulative and vague, even when he didn’t need to be. He leaves a child in an abusive home when (to me) it seems completely unnecessary. It seems like he did almost nothing to keep Sirius out of Azkaban, and he uses and manipulates actual CHILDREN throughout the entire series. I get that there is some need for secrecy, but come on. Would it kill him to be honest with even one of the “Golden Trio?” Or really, anyone else for that matter?
#4- I Also Hate Snape
Also not as unpopular as it used to be. But, from where I sit, Snape is not a good person. He goes out of his way to make children miserable, he has a serious “friend-zone” complex (don’t even get me started), and he’s so stuck in his own past that he refuses to try to find a way out of his misery, even at the expense of the people around him. And, at least it seems to me, he didn’t realize he was in the wrong with the Death Eaters until the woman who “friend-zoned” him died. And then, all the “good things” he did, he did for her, a dead woman. Not because they were the right thing to do, but because he felt he owed some debt to a woman he loved (which is far from romantic, if you ask me). Plus, rather than recognizing that Harry was also Lily’s son (ya know, the woman he claims to love), he chooses to hate Harry for the sins of his father. I just… ugh.
#3- Also, I Don’t Like Ron Weasley
I just… he always seems so judgmental, and it seems he’s always whining about one thing or another. And the way he mocks Hermione for being passionate about learning and about the world in general? I hate that she marries him. It seems like he’s always taking something or someone for granted, but it still all works out for him in the end, and he’s never really forced, or even really asked, to change.
#2- I Can’t Stand the Ginny x Harry Storyline
It isn’t necessarily that I think the characters would never end up together, it’s just, I didn’t see enough of them together to make it believable. The whole relationship felt kinda forced and sudden to me, and I don’t think Harry respected Ginny the way she deserved, or would demand, and I don’t think she understood the pain he had experienced as well as some other characters might. The whole thing just screams “AWKWARD!!” to me.
#1- I Don’t Understand Why Houses Are A Good Thing
It seems like everyone and their mother has a ton of house pride, and I’ll admit, I’ve been tempted to buy my fair share of Ravenclaw gear. That being said, I think the Houses are actually a TERRIBLE idea! For one thing, it’s basically telling young kids who they are instead of letting them discover that for themselves. #2- It makes people judge other students simply based on what House they’re in, and creates a lot of “Well, I don’t want to be associated with those people” mentalities. And finally, it just doesn’t make sense? It separates kids who could otherwise build each other up and teach each other new things. Imagine who Draco Malfoy could have been if his entire school career had been spent with people like Ginny or Neville or Luna. Instead, he (and many students like him) are put into a House together so they can feed each other’s bad habits! Like, instead of giving them the opportunity to broaden their thinking, they are instead put into a House where, for the most part, people think just like them. I think the idea of Houses just results in a lot of failed potential and lack of growth.
Thanks for reading!
What about you? Do you have any unpopular Harry Potter opinions? Do you agree with any of mine? Or maybe you think I’m absolutely crazy (which I can’t really deny)? Let me know in the comments below!