Broken Wand (Or, How J.K. Rowling Killed Harry Potter)
Broken Wand: Or How J.K. Rowling Killed Harry Potter is a detailed critique by Timothy A. Wolf of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in Rowling's acclaimed series, and how he believes she disregarded everything she wrote in her previous novels. For Harry Potter fans, Broken Wand is must-have reading! Using the actual texts, the author finds issues with Rowling's continuity. Like the Trace Charm that would have made it impossible for the teenage Voldemort to get away with killing his Muggle relatives. Or the idea of Harry carrying a piece of Voldemort's soul inside him from the start, when the Dark Lord couldn't even touch him for the first four books. Or "wandlore," which has no consistency to it at all. Citing plot elements like: questioning Harry's account of the murder in the previous book, the Ministry taking over Hogwarts, Snape's Pensieve memories, and Dumbledore explaining his mistakes; Broken Wand maintains that Rowling's Deathly Hallows is essentially just a bad copy of the fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Wolf also contends that Dumbledore, Snape, Lily Potter, and Voldemort are completely out of character, and Harry merely repeats the same emotional journey he went through before. Plus, there are many questions and plots left unresolved. About the Author: Timothy A. Wolf spent two years researching and writing Broken Wand. As a science fiction reader his entire life and an adult fan of the Harry Potter novels, he wanted to bring the problems he found with the final book to light. He lives in Franklin, Wisconsin. Publisher's website: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/BrokenWand-OrHowJKRowlingKilledHarryPotter.html
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Bad, completely ignores the good parts of the books.
I applaud Wolf for seeing and understanding the many, many conflicts Rowling has created between already established cannon and whatever DH is. That said - his vitriolic ranting regarding Snape is idiotic - and more over he apparently fails to see that Dumbledore is consistent... in so much as he is an asshole. That said this book is interesting if only because I'm surprised it managed to get published... also there needs to be more thoughtful criticism of the HP books - what with them being pushed on impressionable minds.
Unanswered Questions and Unresolved Plots