Stop your sobbing! -Harry Potter news
I wanted to post this, which I posted in my VOX after the release of Deathly Hallows. I'm now deleting my VOX in protest of Six Apart, so I thought I'd salvage this.
Originally written July 25, 2007.
JK Rowling to write Harry Potter universe encyclopaedia
I finished reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in a day (on Saturday) and I was pleased with the wrap-up.
I'm a pretty big Harry Potter fan, though I sometimes feel like my involvement in the fandom somehow set me up for a disappointment, and I was disappointed. I think this is mainly because of the Harry Potter fandom's incessant adultization (I'm not sure how to word that in any other way) of the story. I began to expect things that were never really there to begin with.
However, I still argue that slash undertones were used in the Remus Lupin and Sirius Black exchange. That along with other things was subtly debunked in the 6th book with the sudden introduction of a relationship between Remus Lupin, self-proclaimed "too old, too poor, too dangerous" werewolf, and multi-coloured 20-something Auror Nymphadora Tonks. I think this, coupled with the predictability of the Ginny Weasley-Harry Potter relationship was what deterred me from canon and turned me further onto fandom.
I still looked forward to and became paranoid about hearing the ending of this final book, and enjoyed the book - with the exception of the writing of her relationships (besides one of the best love stories in children's literature: Potter sidekicks Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger), and a horribly written epilogue which told the readers nothing except that the children were named (horribly) after essential people in Harry's life.
I still don't think that JK is an exceptional writer, and I believe that people are tricked into think she is because of her brilliant ideas, intricate settings and plots, and wonderful character development. JK Rowling will remembered for years to come with other childhood literature greats such as JRR Tolkien, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and CS Lewis.
I am looking forward to this encyclopedia - to learn about things I still had questions about after - what did the Marauders and Lily do for a living? What was the Veil? and so on. I'll take this in like a good little Harry Potter fan and take it as canon, but I think this time I'll set my self up for the boundaries between fandom and canon, and I'll separate myself between them, and realize what is real and what isn't when examining and enjoying the world that Rowling created.
In closing, Harry Potter will remain some of my favourite books. I will treasure them and I look forward to reading them to my children (if I ever have children!). Until then I'll sit back and watch fandom wank over possibilities (such as the phenomenon of what is now known as the AS/S (male children of some of the surviving characters) ship, what I read was a big fuck-you to JK Rowling over wrapping up of the storyline) which were never meant to see the light of day, and I'll enjoy what fandom has to bring me until then.