I’ve been reading the Harry Potter books again and one thing is abundantly clear to me. Let me explain a little.
The truth is, that all good art is inherently conservative, and this story is no different. Yet the author is a raging Leftist and in the end she could not stay true to the conservative and Libertarian main theme of the story. She betrayed her characters because of her underlying and undying fealty to Leftism. The result was a very unsatisfying ending. In fact, if the first book had been as bad as the last one, there would never have been a Harry Potter phenomenon at all. One reads the last book now out of grim duty. And it truly is grim…
Look, in the end there were three Ministers of magic. All were dirtbags. All of them used Harry as a pawn. They all had an unholy alliance with the Press—the Mainstream Press was merely their public relations mouthpiece. There was not a thoroughly good person or a hero among them. He only real hero in the story was Dumbledore, and he simply refused to be the minister of magic. That should tell us something.
Even minor heroes suffered greatly for their beliefs. Mr. Weasley was put into a broom closet and fundamentally lost a son over the issues. Dumbledore himself was kicked out of the ruling organ and was publicly ridiculed, as was Harry (the ridicule). Mr. Lovegood was key, and he had a daughter held for ransom.
Actual heroes truly suffered for what they thought was right. Dumbledore gave his very life. So did Snape (an anti-hero). The real heroes died for their beliefs or lost a son or were disfigured (a la Moody or Charlie Weasley or Dobby) or otherwise damaged. Harry himself had some bad things happen to him, but he never really suffered significant damage himself. His sacrifices were relatively small.
Hated characters were coercive and mean and clearly Leftist (Umbridge). She personified the cruel, coercive, and deliberately deceptive nature of the Left. I mean, there was nothing even remotely Conservative or “Right” about her!
In the end, Harry just became another faceless Government bureaucrat. Umbridge ultimately wins. Never mind that Harry had fought against an all-encompassing government as well as coercive and thoroughly corrupt bureaucrats. Never mind that he had personally seen bureaucrats bent by money and fame and lust for power. Never mind that he himself had repeatedly been the victim of a minion’s cruelty (and more than one minion). He became a tool. He didn’t become a free-lance dark wizard hunter, he became a faceless bureaucrat. He became Umbridge. Huh?
That was a total betrayal of the story arc. That was a shame. THAT is what makes to the ending so unsatisfying, so unbelievable. It just did not fit with all that came before. You were left on the train station saying, “Nuh-uh!”
But the author’s Leftist delusions and religious-like dedication did not allow her to write the story as it should have been written. She was untrue to the story itself. It was simply a failure to be true to the story–Rowling’s Leftism was more important and central to her. It was a failure of courage and nerve. It was simply unbelievable that Harry would become a faceless apparatchik of big government. He became merely a drone. That is the hero’s journey? You’ve got to be kidding!
And we need to understand that this is the ultimate goal of all Leftism and that’s why we arrived here. The series ultimately falls into mindless Leftist cant. Pure drivel. There is nothing that distinguishes you from everyone else. There is no unusual talent or ability. Everyone has equal ability. A scar is just a scar. There is merely assimilation into the all-wise collective. That is the ultimate happy ending for a Leftist.
The result was a good series with a really crappy and terribly unsatisfying ending. And we need to understand that this was entirely because of the author’s political allegiance. The stories started out very well, but the author decided that it had to be twisted to fit her political leanings. There had to be a deus ex machina ending that sat well with her preferences. It just had to be didactic. The result was (unsurprisingly) crappy literature.
The series was good as long as it held to believable (and Conservative) themes. When it veered into Leftist dogma it stunk. Harry’s self-esteem angst in The Order Of The Phoenix was just tiresome.
But the truth is that there simply is no good Leftist literature. And that that is no accident.