Friday, July 15, 2005
The cool thing about the Harry Potter books is that, even though they're books supposedly written for children, there is not one character that is purely good or purely evil. Rowling does a superb job of showing a veritable rainbow of colors, shading, and subtleties in between the oversimplified black and white of the traditional children's book character's motivations. The hero of the series himself turned into a whiny, unlikeable, silly adolescent by book 5, and undoubtedly one of the most attractive characters in the book is a vindictive, capricious, self-centered school professor.
Before this finishes sounding like one of those old Jr. High School book reports, I'll cut this off here and come out already with what I really wanted to say, though I'm embarassed, because it sounds a bit childish, even in spite of the above paragraph of disclaimers, but oh well.
Today I thought: "Only 12 more hours until Harry Potter!"