DWJ in Israeli newspaper
Rowland, Jennifer A B
jennifer.rowland at imperial.ac.uk
Mon Feb 16 07:40:09 EST 2004
> Melissa said:
> > In some ways the Harry Potter books are a lot safer for the
> > reader than DWJ's.
> That's something I was startled to discover recently - I
> finally nagged an online friend who likes the Potter books
> into reading Charmed Life and she found it unbearably bleak.
It does have disturbing parts- especially when Janet's parents don't notice she's gone. But Homeward Bounders is the only DWJ that seems bleak to me. I couldn't stand to reread it when I was a child.
Of the Chrestomanci books, I think Magician of Caprona is the happiest situation for the protagonists (apart from the war!), with loving families on-screen, and it also seems the most "normal" children's-book-adventure storyline. (That isn't a criticism, MoC and Witch Week are my favourite Chrestomanci books.)
> ("No, I really think that *you* should go and illegally
> rescue the condemned criminal from the Ministry executioner,
> not me. I'm sure your *dead father* would be proud of you for
> it. No pressure")
> Ooh! I think what it is, partly, is that the adults around
> Harry expect him to be *grateful* all the time, like the
> family in Eight Days of Luke - and the author seems to agree
> with them, instead of bringing in an outside perspective.
Mind you, Harry *isn't* grateful, and we do tend to see things from his POV, so that is sort of a corrective.
I think in HP5 Harry's stupid level of anger and secretiveness, which is so OTT if considered as a reaction to being kept out of the loop for a year, is suppressed from many years of being nice and grateful and putting up with things (and also partly adolescent-ness).
The comparison that occurred to me was Mitt on the ship,  though he did get over himself rather sooner than Harry does. It was very interesting to see Ynen and Hildy's reactions to him- I'd like to see Harry from the POV of, say, a Ravenclaw for a while. (I bet there are fanfics that do this.)
 Drowned Ammett
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