Originally Posted by nekokami
But I did like how the portrayal of the adult characters and the world in general changed as the main character (and presumably the readers) grew older and matured over the course of the series.
That's the thing that struck me so much about the series. My least favorite of them are Goblet of Fire
and Order of the Phoenix
, not because I find the stories uninteresting, but because Harry is so very angry
throughout most of them. I found myself thinking that he and Ron were being stupid at so many points in the story, then I realized that this was exactly
in line with the way kids that age behave. It was totally appropriate to the characters, even if it was uncomfortable to "watch" as the reader.
In that case I felt like the characterization was so good
that it made it difficult to enjoy the book -- not that I could put either of them down! I particularly found the long awaited explanation of Snape's motivations to be very satisfying. I felt like I finally understood
him as I had wanted to do for so very long.