Hi Readers: How I love the Harry yieaendibd
Potter books and their genius author, J.K. Rowling. I mean LOVE. So I hope this was just a silly little offhand remark Ms. Rowling made to Â a New Yorker reporter:
â€œIf Harry really had gone through everything he went through,â€ she says, â€œhe probably wouldnâ€™t be mentally healthy enough to survive anywhere, would he?â€
Um…clearly Ms. Rowling knows better than me (or anyone) what Harry is able to survive. But since he seemed to be so strong and resilient as a youth, I would hope he would Â continue to survive and thrive as an adult, despite his difficult (if rewarding) childhood. And since we DO see him seemingly happily married and even a dad at the end of book 7, when does he stop “surviving” mentally?
It’s a ridiculous thing to think about — he’s FICTION, for gosh’ sakes — but the notion niggled me because one of the great things about the Potter books is just how resourceful and strong the kids are — from Neville to Harry to the Weasley clan. They are victimized by all sorts of evil people and non-people. They even lose loved ones. But they don’t let the bastards get them down — or at least, they don’t let the bastards totally get them down, which is, Â in itself, a triumph.
Ms. Rowling can do whatever she wants with her characters. But so far, she has allowed them to hold themselves together. As a reader, I am inspired by them. And I hope they live happily-enough ever after. – L.
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