Reactions to Book Five
*Why did Fred and George leave school? Now they won't be in the other books as much.*
I think that Fred and George's departure from Hogwarts was a good thing.
I love both of them and they are some of my favorite characters. I can
see were some people might even take offense at them dropping out of school
when that is usually frowned upon. However, they did have the money that
Harry gave them. They were not starting on some blind venture. I think
that this development will not take them out of the story much. Firstly,
their products will be sold all over Hogwarts. Secondly, they are to become
Hogwarts legends. Leaving the school like they did is something that they
would be pleased to be remembered for. Thirdly, they are quite well off
with their joke shop, which is something that they had always wanted.
*What about the House Cup? What about Umbridge's punishment? What about Harry's broom? What about Percy? These things are not quite resolved.*
Well, the only thing I have to say in response to this complaint is that
it took a few days for my sister, my brother, and I to finish the book
because we had to share one and I don't think even Rowling would be allowed
to write more words than she did. (Even though I am glad it was as long
as it was. I didn't want the story to end.)
*Harry can't be taken off of the Quidditch team.*
Well, I am really surprised that none of us Harry Potter fans (as far
as I know) anticipated his being taken off of the team. Quidditch is the
one thing in the books that has stayed pretty steady. Yes, there have
been dangers, but the game has stayed pretty constant, just the same.
Rowling was right, in my opinion, to shake up the Quidditch story a bit
and I am surprised that no one had guessed that something bad would happen
Well, these are just a few of the negative reactions that I have heard to the book. Of course, all of the people I talked to still liked the book, loved it, even. It was just the little things that upset them, like Sirius's death, because the characters have become so real to them. I think Rowling did a great job with the book and I can't wait for the next one.
By Amanda Smith
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