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Values and Morality

One of the things I find the most fascinating about the HP books is how there are positive qualities in most of the evil characters and negative qualities in most of the good characters. The black/whites she's set up (like with the Durselys) seem set to topple over - witness Petunia's reactions in the beginning of book five.

The other thing I find the most fascinating is how strong the Harry point of view is. It really colors every book, but she puts hints as to people's real opinions and points of view in among the drabble of Harry's opinions of everyone - as well as illustrating clearly when Harry's opinions begin to be destroyed or changed (such as with his image of his father and Severus in the Pensive).

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Um, Hi! I joined your community. I hope that's ok! I will do my best to not wank.

Hi! No, no, joining is fine, really! I wouldn't worry about being wanky; I think most people who participate or lurk at The-Comm-That-Must-Not-Be-Named-On-LJ have developed a certain awareness of when they're drifting in that direction.

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I noticed the positive qualities/negative qualities theme most in GoF; OoTP really brought it home.

Harry's seeing the adults he looked up to and admired with feet of clay. Even more importantly, he's realizing his actions, no matter how noble his intentions, can result in tragedy.

I think the people who find the wizarding world millieu morally objectionable would also find the shades of gray in JKR's characters equally objectionable, sadly enough.

I think the toppling of the black/white setup you mentioned works best with Harry as the viewpoint character. Multiple third-person POVs would weaken that interplay, make it too obvious and for me, lesson my enjoyment of watching Harry grow up.
I think the toppling of the black/white setup you mentioned works best with Harry as the viewpoint character.

I would definitely agree with you there. If one looks at things more objectively, it becomes very clear where the line between Harry's point of view and objective reality is - such as the "all Slytherins are evil" bias; the truth is, Harry only notices the ones that are (I noticed this because of Ron's claim that 'all dark wizards come from Slytherin' which is canonically false - Peter Pettigrew was a Gryffindor.)

Actually, one of my fun pastimes on repeated hearings of the books (I mostly listen to them) is to pick apart Harry vision. It really brings to home the concept that people notice what reinforces their beliefs and discount what doesn't reinforce their beliefs.