People are being harsher on FF than the real books. They critisize them on having bad characters, plot holes, bad romances, cliches and all the while the books are even worse than the fanfics in that aspect. Why? I hate how people just say "x-fanfic has these cliches". I've seen whole post and comments focusing on that. If the cliches are there please show me how they harm the story. Good writers can write around that. Cliches are not inherently bad. Frankly if all you comment on a story is what cliches it is using then you are either bad at doing critique or the story is really good. Focus on the writing, because using a cliche is a meaningless phrase when it comes to a well written story. There isn't a character with an actually good character arc in the whole book series. Normally a character is given a flaw for him to overcome, to change, to be more relatable. Harry? No, who needs that shit when you can just have a bad childhood that leaves you with no mental trauma like it would in the real world and can garner sympathy to last the whole series. The only people who overcome a flaw of theirs are Ron and Neville. A minor character and Ron. Fuck Ron Also which romance in the HP series is well written? Serious question. And I can write a 1000 essay just on the 2 most annoying plotholes of the franchise. But just for the shits and giggles: First year: Why would the philosopher's stone, which has existed for centuries be under such a threat now when Voldemort is, by all intents and purposes, a ghost, instead of when he was alive. You'd think if he was so interested in immortality he would have gone after it. And if he did why not just do the same now as they did during the war? Why did Dumbledore fly with a broom instead of apparearting to London(tho I may be wrong i don't remember it that well). Why didn't Quirell use whatever he used against the troll on Fluffy? Maybe a killing curse? Why use a simple lock on the door to fluffy instead of one of those oh, so handy age lines that would be set for 100 year olds+ can only enter? Do you really want me to continue? btw quick note: Harry killed someone when he was eleven. Just think about that for a second. Edit: wouldn't that have made him able to see thestrals? Second year: INDOOR PLUMBING TO REACH THE CHAMBER IS 900 YRS TOO EARLY The absolute whole forth year was one gigantic plot hole. Couldn't Crouch give Harry the portkey at any point in time? Even if there where wards couldn't he have done it during Hogsmeade weekend? Absolutely everything that has anything to do with wands switching owners. That was by all intents and purposes a clear cop-out. Also Sirius' mirror: Didn't Harry break into Umbrige's office to talk to Sirius? Couldn't Sirius have told him to talk to hm when he wants through the mirror? Time-Turners. The wards around the Dursleys are badly explained I think you get the goddamn idea so i'm gonna cut this short with a: a one year old boy stood in a house that was in ruins, flew over half of the uk.During the first chapter of book 1 you see Dursley going to his place of business and noticing wizard celebrating Voldemort "Death" all day. Owls, cape peoples, shouting stars... He even overheard the name Potter at one point. Yet later during the night Hagrid bring the baby Harry to Dumbledore directly from Godric Hollow. So if the Wizarding world know of Voldie downfall for most of the day how come the first adult they send to retrieve the miracle kid was sent 15 to 20 hours later! And the way it written left no doubt that Hagrid just extracted the kid he did not take him to I don't know the magical hospital to have that scar check. And it not like Hagrid is too dumb to make that kind of judgement call either. The one time somebody got seriously cursed around him he pick up the girl and immediately bring her to the nearest healer. So J.K had an out and could have said he both extracted the kid form the house and bough him from the Hospital, Hogwart or even the Ministry to the Dursley later that day. But she did not took it. The other plot hole is that when Harry visit the house in Deathly Hallows it is stated to be partially burn down. So they left a one year old baby in a blown up, burn up house for 15 to 20 hours! This bring another question is Harry Potter some sort of super wizard ghost?