This isn't Shakespeare, people.
Dear people in HP fandom who treat JKR's books as though they should be The Great Modern English Novel, or something.
Stop. Please. Failing that, get the fuck out of my fandom.
There's not a lot of you, but the few of you are annoying in a really obtrusive way. These aren't pieces of socio-political commentary you're dissecting here. They are, first and foremost, kids books, and if Rowling took your criticism to heart and started acting like a good, politically-correct, always-well-rounded character writer as you suggest, she'd lose her main target audience, and a lot of money.
You want to seriously discuss the depiction of motherhood in a piece of literature? How about you try a piece of writing where the depiction of motherhood is an actual issue that people give a flying fuck about? We don't care. Really. All the average fan wants to know is will or won't their favourite character die in the next book, who will Harry will end up snogging, and what's really in those lollies Dumbledore's always popping.
We don't care that the books fail to come up to your
really bloody warped standards of feminist equality. We don't care that the Weasley family fail to give a good example of using birth control according to you. We don't care that JKR fails to address the important socio-political aspects of 1950s culture that would have led to Riddle's desire to try take over the world. Why? Because if we wanted those sorts of Big Important Serious Issues, we wouldn't be reading the books in the first place, now would we?
So please, take your asshattery elsewhere, and leave the rest of us to enjoy ourselves.
Yes, kinda cross-posted from an issue I raised in my LJ in regards to one specific individual, but there are many other offenders I seem to have encountered in the past week
because there's something in the water, and so it deserves a proper rant...
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