Re: Harry Potter Thread
Harry Potter would have been good if it had continued as it had started-being a children's fantasy story. After it gained ridiculous amounts of popularity, Rowling tried to cater to all kinds of age groups and was way out of her depth.
The best thing about the books is their initial setting and premise. Beyond that, the quality of writing, execution and the conclusion are really poor.
Despite the glaring flaws, the books still remain entertaining to read but to call them masterpieces of any kind is
"Who ain't a slave? Tell me that. Well, then, however the old sea-captains may order me about—however they may thump and punch me about, I have the satisfaction of knowing that it is all right; that everybody else is one way or other served in much the same way— either in a physical or metaphysical point of view, that is; and so the universal thump is passed round, and all hands should rub each other's shoulder-blades, and be content." - Herman Melville, Moby Dick