Harry Potter, going forward

16 Apr

It’s time to address the elephant in the room that is the Harry Potter series. I keep getting asked whether it’s going to continue, which is understandable given how long it’s been. (Incidentally, I see all comments, not just the ones on the most recent posts. If your comment isn’t about the newest post, please try and leave it on a relevant post instead.)

The honest answer at this point is that I don’t know. I want to keep going but every time I think of starting up the next chapter I just don’t have the motivation. When we started, it was supposed to be fun; we were supposed to enjoy at least the first two books and gradually ease in to the bad stuff later on, and slowly pick it apart over time while still preserving the good parts. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

I never thought these books were the most amazing literature to ever grace the earth, but I really didn’t think they were this bad, and part of me doesn’t want to keep going because I don’t want to end up actively hating them. This series has been a huge part of my life and had a tremendous impact on who I am, dumb as that is, because of what it led to, and I don’t want to lose that or taint the memories. I’m also still planning to write more fanfics someday (ah, the elusive someday), and while I don’t think I’m ever going to end up hating my favourite characters specifically, I’m not going to be able to write about them if I hate literally everything about their entire universe and canon history.

Rowling is really not helping matters by her constant gleeful abuse of a very, very dead horse. Everything she says about the franchise makes me dislike it more, which makes me harsher when analysing it, which makes my opinion sink further.

So I don’t know. I’m doing some thinking and juggling some ideas, I’ll try to come up with a way to keep going without burning out and ruining things for me (obviously in consultation with Mitchell). It might be that he takes over and I just drop the occasional comment, though he’s not much more motivated than I am at this point. It might be that we stop doing every single chapter and just cover scenes we think are worth discussing. Not promising anything, it might well be that we stop completely.

[Honestly, the most likely outcome is that I take over so that the brunt of the impact falls on me. It helps that I’m more comfortable hating them than Loten is, so that particular issue isn’t a deterrent for me, but it’s still a matter of not knowing when I’ll have the energy. I’ve tried to start the next chapter on my own a couple of times and didn’t get anywhere, but I’m not giving up yet. One of the reasons we started this project was that it was something to do together, after all, and doing it separately is less appealing. There are a lot of things in the series I do think are well worth getting to, but I guess we’ll have to see.]

I am aware that most of you are only here for Harry Potter content and that the other stuff gets far, far less attention, but so it goes.


Posted by on April 16, 2019 in loten, mitchell


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4 responses to “Harry Potter, going forward

  1. Sam

    April 17, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for letting us know. I’ve been wondering recently if maybe shorter posts hitting the key points of several chapters at a time might not be easier for you both, but didn’t want to butt in and say so. The previous posts, while fantastic for us as readers, were in some cases longer than the chapters they were discussing, and I’m sure it takes a lot of time and effort to write that much, especially given that some chapters are mostly filler. It would also help cover ground more quickly later in the series when the books get to be doorstops.

    But if you decided to stop doing Harry Potter altogether, I’d support that, because it’s not fun rereading a book just to ruin all your fond memories of it. I’d stick around for the occasional movie or unrelated book critique, too. And the monthly book recs have been fantastic for my TBR list.

  2. William D Wehrs

    April 23, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Do what makes you happy, not what makes others happy. I will support your content no matter what.

    And on a personal note, I completely understand how you feel about Harry Potter. I loved it as a child and up until just last year, but looking back on it has peeled back the uglier flaws, and obviously horrible films like Crimes of Grindelwald don’t help.

    • janach

      April 24, 2019 at 8:07 pm

      It’s best to ignore everything that came along after Book Seven. I’d like to ignore Book Seven also, but alas, the best that can be done with it is to re-interpret. Heavily.

  3. Anastasia

    April 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Just wanted to say I’ve really enjoyed your writing about Harry Potter – I’m reading the older posts at the moment. I’d be well up for reading your thoughts on scenes from the books rather than every chapter – I really like your perspective on things and when I read the books I keep thinking how much I’d like to know what you’d think of various scenes. But of course do what’s best for you, including stopping.

    In any event I have to say your fanfics have had quite an impact on me over the last few months. I came across them around Christmas and spent several days by myself in a cottage in Wales reading CTS – it was bliss! I’ve re read them a few times since then and they’re a real solace in a really stressful time in my life. Whether or not you write anything in future (and I’d love it if you did!) just know that your work is very much valued and appreciated.


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