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Adamrises 9 points ago +9 / -0

Rowling isn't an amazing writer. She just made a solid enough story that had just enough appeal for teenagers and girls that came out at just the right time (a lull between vampires and then later vampires being popular) to blow up.

So all "metaphors" and applicability are in spite of her, rather than because of her. Which is why even she regularly fails to understand them and why people can see what you see in them.

CnnWillBlackmailYou 3 points ago +4 / -1

Oh, I ENTIRELY agree with this. Even the stories themselves aren't particularly well written. She makes the excuse that they were "intended to become more mature as a the readers aged" except what REALLY happened was that she was a shitty writer that got better just through brute force experience and increasingly expensive editors.

The stories still have MASSIVE gaping plot holes, both the books and the movies. Half the fun is patching those holes yourself by making up non-world-breaking reasons for them to exist.

But the new fantasy world is fun, and entertaining. A nice switch from "everything has to stem from JRR Tolkein" or sparkly vampires. I enjoyed them.