Why Harry Potter Is One of the Worst Protagonists


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When it comes to the Harry Potter franchise, the titular character is seen as an incredible creation of excellent writing. Despite his young age, he is described as one of the most influential protagonists ever in literary history. His personalities and physical features have become recognizable on an international scale and his simple name provokes a whirlwind of emotions from any fan. However, with today marking the 20th anniversary of the iconic franchise in the United States, it is time to indicate the critical flaws with the Harry Potter character. Despite his popularity and fame the world over, Harry Potter is actually a weak protagonist for both the page and the screen. In fact, he is one of the worst protagonists for either medium.



When it comes to the art of storytelling, proper characters are one of the most forefront qualities necessary for any worthy story. Without characters there is no window for the audience to view the themes and plot that the writer may attempt to display. As a result, when taking an in-depth look at the Harry Potter character, there is one single issue, throughout the seven books, eight films, and twenty magical years, that persists throughout. Namely the fact that throughout all of this time the character of Harry Potter has remained the same.


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When the character was first introduced with the initial publishing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom, the “Boy Who Lived” is portrayed as a selfless, friendly, and overall courageous young wizard at multiple examples. He saved Hermione Granger from a troll in a bathroom; he helps his friend Ron Weasley at multiple points, and he even is able to save the Philosopher’s Stone from Professor Quirrell aka Lord Voldemort. This is undoubtedly a compelling introduction for a character in the first entry of a story. It may be derivative from multiple fairy and folk tales, but is still worthy for a fantasy series nonetheless.


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