The Problem With Potter

I suppose it’s worth stating at this point that I have a somewhat love/hate relationship with the Harry Potter series. I think it’s a great story with wonderful characters, but at the same time there are some glaring problems that I just can’t overlook.
In a previous video, I commented on one of these issues: the average wizard has a very limited education compared to our standards, with no emphasis on world history, math, literature, art, geography, ect. All they do is study magic, or wizarding history. The only math-based subject offered at Hogwarts, Arithmancy, is optional.
All this aside, however, the one major issue I have is from my least favorite book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” in the form of Guilderoy Lockheart. For those of you who don’t know (surely a small number of people) Lockheart is this guy who, sometime during the summer break between Harry’s first and second years, quickly rose to fame literally overnight by publishing a whole series of books featuring his many heroic exploits around the world. The reason he’s introduced in the book is that he’s been hired as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts.
So why do I have such a problem with this guy? Spoilers. Near the end of the novel, after displaying a general level of incompetence, Lockheart reveals that he never did any of the things he took credit for in his books. He tracked down the witches and wizards who did these things, interviewed them carefully, then used the Obliviate charm to erase their memories and got rich selling his books.
So what’s the problem, you may ask? THIS SCAM TOTALLY WORKS! No one, repeat NO ONE in the wizarding world outside of the teachers at Hogwarts doubts his claims. The entire wizarding community buys this hook, line, and sinker and he’s hailed as this great hero. BUT! This scam should never actually work because the witches and wizards who really performed those heroic deeds had to have familes, friends, and neighbors who would also have known about their accomplishments.
The only way Lockheart COULD have pulled this off would be if he had gone around erasing the memories of whole communities of people to keep them from stepping forward and exposing his lies, but according to Lockheart, he only erased the memories of the individuals he interviewed.
And the worst part of all this is that, even though he got his comeuppance, never, in any of the later books, is there any mention of people realizing that he was a fraud. The whole thing just got swept under the rug.
J.K. Rowling is a hack, pure and simple. She had a good idea, but she’s really not a very good writer, and the world she created is flawed far more than can be excused by saying “it’s just for kids!” Going off on a slight tangent here, I’ve always objected to this mentality that just because a movie or television show is intended for kids that the creators can just make it stupid and lazy, like kids don’t deserve anything better. If we bring up our children on stupidity, we have no one but ourselves to blame when our kids turn out stupid.

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