I’m the first hit on Google for Harry Potter civil disobedience. I like that. It wasn’t my intent. But I like it.
I’m also the first hit for lyrics schmyrics and I like that too. But that’s neither here nor there. Actually, it’s right here. Whoops, now it’s right there. Either way, it’s not what I want to talk about just now.
No, what I’d like to talk about is this: I wrote my first post on Harry Potter over a year ago now, and have been trying and failing to make my points understood ever since. But I think it’s remotely possible I’ve come up with a solution.
Rather than attempt over and over to explain that I like the books—I find them very enjoyable, they’re simply massively overrated and morally ambiguous while often held up (by not only Left of the Dial readers but also the public at large and many professional critics) as being morally lucid—I just find them terrifically flawed, and then having to justify that opinion time and again, I’m going to turn it around and ask my awesome Left of the Dial readers a question. Well, two actually.
Do you find the Harry Potter books flawless?
And if not, in what way are they less than perfect?
That’s all. Consider this a poll. If you’ve responded to any of the four posts I’ve previously posted on my boy Harry—or even if you haven’t—please respond so I can get a better idea of where you’re coming from. Take as much space as you want, although you won’t be docked points for brevity either, since participation is really what I’m after. And, of course, if the answer to the first question is “yes,” well, I guess there’s not really a need for a big ol’ post explaining, although it’s still certainly more than welcome.
The polls are now open.