Wednesday, June 07, 2017

A Hugo Review: Best Related Work - The Women of Harry Potter by Sarah Gailey

The Women of Harry Potter by Sarah Gailey describes five of the women from the Harry Potter books as individuals.

The idea isn't bad. Look at some supporting characters in a book and describe them using the information in the book to flesh out who they really are and what they are really like. The posts included as part of this finalist cover Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley, Dolores Umbridge, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood (a post about Minerva McGonagall was published this year on January 3rd).

The good: Each essay is a stirring commentary on these women who are not the main character of the series, and each essay defines the impact they had on the series. For four of the essays, the focus is on how they are able and willing to fight for what they believe in, in the case of the fifth, the focus is on how her mistakes backfired on her.

The bad: These aren't really in-depth, and just touch the surface of each character... a nitpick if there ever was one, because I think these essays do exactly what they set out to do.

Conclusion: Well, since I haven't read any of the other works yet, this is at the top of my ballot.

Best Related Work: I've read The Women of Harry Potter. I still need to read The Geek Feminist Revolution, The Princess Diarist, Traveler of Worlds, The View From the Cheap Seats, and Words Are My Matter