Look, I could talk about Harry Potter for weeks and weeks and never get tired of it. I was and still am super involved in the fandom, I went to the midnight screenings, the premieres, went to the theme park for my 20th birthday and I still can’t read certain parts of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows without having to turn on some depressing music and cry my eyes out.
Seriously, don’t even get me started on the Marauders’ era (they were so young!).
Er, anyway…we all love Harry Potter here at Gurl. This series had a huge impact on our lives and continues to. I don’t think that a day goes by when we don’t make some sort of Harry Potter reference. It’s that ingrained into us. But with our passion for the series comes some passionate opinions that aren’t always very popular among many other Harry Potter fans. Check out 10 of our unpopular opinions about the Harry Potter series. Make sure you share yours with us, too!
The Books Needed More DiversityThe few non-white characters in the series were great. I loved Angelina Johnson in particular! But let's be real: If every single non-white character in the series disappeared, not much of an impact would have been made on the plot. I wish that the books had more characters of color and I wish that the characters of color who were already present actually had significant roles in the series' plot and in Harry's life. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Harry/Ginny SucksJessica was really not a fan of Harry's endgame pairing. "I didn’t like them together and I disliked it even more when I saw the movies and discovered that the actors themselves seemed to have zero chemistry. Maybe it’s because I don’t like Ginny as a character, but it also could be because one thing I’ve always loved about Harry Potter is that it’s not all about relationships and love (coughcoughTwilightcoughcough). I feel like I just never needed their relationship to be a thing." Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Harry/Luna Would Have Been BetterMeg isn't on the Harry/Ginny boat either. She thinks that Luna and Harry would have been a much better match. Meg added, "Luna was so much more unique and if they'd coupled off I think there would have been way more to learn about her. I felt that they made a really strong friendship, and his more serious personality would have been well complemented by her more effervescent one." Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Dobby Was TerrifyingCaitlin said, "Dobby scared me as a child." I don't blame her. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Snape Should Have Been EvilMeg wanted Snape to be on the bad side all along so that Dumbledore was wrong, for once. She said, "Don't get me wrong – I like how it ended, but after Book 6 when everyone was debating if he was bad or not, I felt pretty certain he was going to be revealed as good. Thus, I thought it would be MORE surprising if it ended up that Snape actually was bad the whole time" Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Dumbledore Wasn't All ThatMeg has a lot of Dumbledore feelings, and they're not exactly what I'd call warm and fuzzy. Here's her take: "I found Dumbledore really, really annoying throughout the books. Ugh, he was ALWAYS right and that really bothered me. I wanted to roll my eyes at everything he said. I actually thought the best version of him was in Book 7 when you learn more about his past and flaws and got to know him as an actual person, rather than someone who apparently knew everything ever and was so blindly idolized by Harry and company. I needed that! I felt like my concerns were finally all addressed, so I was able to enjoy their final King's Cross scene." Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Sirius Black Needed To DieCaitlin loved Sirius, but she thinks that his death was necessary. According to Caitlin, "It was 100% essential to Harry’s underlying story. He had to go forward being completely alone, even though he had his friends. He had to go. Siriusly. Okay I’m done." A+ usage of "Siriusly" to be honest. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Alan Rickman's Portrayal Of Snape Is OverratedLook, Alan Rickman is a great actor and his portrayal of Snape is downright iconic. However, I was tired of it by Goblet Of Fire. I know this isn't entirely Rickman's fault, because I blame the directors and the writers as well, but I honestly think that his Snape ended up being so one-dimensional. He was portrayed more as a terrible teacher and an unpleasant guy than an emotionally volatile man with a ton of baggage. And by the last film I'm pretty sure that every...word...was...separated...by...a...ten...minute...pause. I should stop while I'm ahead or else I'll end up ranting about how awful the movie handled "The Prince's Tale." Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
The Movie Vs. The Book Debate Is StupidTo all y'all complaining that the movies were all crappy and should have been longer, Caitlin thinks you need to chill out: "J.K. Rowling had input on everything that was changed for the sake of not having 8,000-hour-long movies. They are two separate entities." Source: Harry Potter/Scholastic
Ginny Is A Lot More Badass Than People Give Her Credit ForI used to despise Ginny, especially after Half-Blood Prince came out. I didn't like her with Harry, I thought she was full of herself and annoying as hell. But as I've gotten older and gained a little more perspective, I've really grown to love this girl. She went through an school year possessed by one of the most powerful dark wizards of all time and has to live with that fact every day for the rest of her life. She also called out Ron when he borderline slut-shamed her for having the nerve to date dudes. She was there for Luna when people in her house and even the trio treated her like crap. Oh, and she also fought for Dumbledore's Army and in the final battle. And she has a sense of humor, too. I get that she's not the most likable person in the books, but I think that people forget that Ginny had a lot of good things going for her. Source: Harry Potter/Warner Bros.
Which of these unpopular opinions do you agree with? Which do you disagree with? Which unpopular opinions about the series do you get a lot of flack for? Tell us in the comments!