Harry Potter Books – Why I hate them

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Harry Potter books have always been prevalent in society, everyone was (and is) reading them, but not me.

The first Potter film was brought out in 2001, when I was six years old. My mum and stepdad thought this was the perfect movie to take me too – it was not. The Centaur came on screen and I began bawling my eyes out, so much so we had to leave the cinema. This started my hatred for ALL Harry Potter books.

Anytime I mention the fact that I haven’t watched any of the films or read a single one of the books, I am met with a look of disdain like you would not believe. It’s almost as if I have said I don’t eat food and only drink water all day. Like I am refusing to conform to society. But let’s be honest, they aren’t all that.

You’re probably all wondering what’s wrong with me so here’s why I hate the Harry Potter books.

Wizards don’t exist
Okay I know it’s a fantasy but let’s be honest, making potions and casting spells isn’t even close to being realistic. And hats that tell you which ‘house’ you belong to? Seriously.. How can a hat tell you what kind of person you are?

Three-headed dog
This is just traumatising in itself. Show any child a dog that has more than one head they are going to scream. This is what my reaction was when ‘fluffy’ came on the screen. I mean the irony of the name is just too much for me too.

Don’t believe the hype
This is my biggest issue with Harry Potter books and the franchise as a whole. The way I feel about Harry Potter and his bunch of wizard friends is the same way I feel about Hunger Games. I don’t watch or read anything that people hype over. Not for me.

Harry Potter World
Okay, I know it’s a great tourist attraction and everyone wants to drink the well-known ‘butter beer’ but seriously, why pay to go and pretend to be in a pretend fantasy film. This makes no sense to me. Also, why spend money on a stick which is supposed to be a magic wand.. Take your kid to the park and pick up a stick, it’s the same thing.

I know I’m probably the only person who thinks of Harry Potter books and films as something of a waste of time but I’m sure you will agree with me somewhere.