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1.0 out of 5 stars No Story line!, 1 Sept. 2001
By A Customer
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) (Paperback)
I read Harry Potter because all my friends were telling me how brilliant it was, and after reading all four, I cannot really understand why anyone likes them.
I have read all four Harry Potter books, and I have to say that I found them all exactly the same in that they had no plot at all. You can summarise the storylines in a few words: Voldemort returns, Voldemort is defeated, Voldemort returns, Voldemort is defeated, Voldemort returns.
After four books I was a bit fed up.
The characters are either completely good or completely evil, and there is no subtlety what so ever.
I think that anyone who thinks Harry Potter is good obviously has not read enough other books and probably should.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2010 17:16:08 BDT
DormeDwayne says:
Perhaps you should wait for the end of the series before commenting on the characters' black-and-whiteness. Most characters, after all, are only children or teenagers, and not yet complete, fully developed personalities. Plus we look at things from Harry's perspective and yes, he sees things in black and white in Book 4. I wonder what you were like at 15? Were you as wise as you are now? The series shows us Harry's progress - it's a coming of age story, in a way. Wait till the end of the series to see how he ends up, before you bash it.

SPOILERS AHEAD:
The Golden Trio keep suspecting Snape for a long, long time, especially in Book 1, despite Dumbledore's trust in him. It continues through all the other books, but in the end it's revealed he was not a bad man, actually. Not a good many, either, probably - but then again, it's not easy to determine whether someone is good or bad, most of us are somewhere in the grey area between black and white. Voldemort's childhood is explored in book 6 and we discover that he was not bad because he was bad - circumstances 'helped' him become 'evil'. Another example is Draco Malfoy, who Harry sees as a bad person and an enemy in books 1-7, but is actually a misunderstood young man, a result of his upbringing. The series begins with strong prejudices about pupils of different houses, but as Harry matures we see that there are 'good' and 'bad' people in all houses.

So please, do not be impatient. Book 4 is only half-way through Harry's development into an adult an it's undestandable he still has a long way to go. I think it portrays a 14-year-old's perspective brilliantly!

Posted on 4 Aug 2011 12:46:06 BDT
Your review is extremely short-sighted. Not only is everything revealed in later books but subtlety is one of Rowlings main asset.
Snape was not what everyone expected, neither was 'p-poor s-s-stuttering Proffesor Quirrell; Lockhart was considered by many a joke until he tried to mind-wipe Harry and Ron and Sirius was considered to be a baddie at first. Personality, subtlety and originality are the main assets of the brilliant Harry Potter books, besides at the end of the day you millions of fans can't be wrong can they?
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