Surprise Heroes (From Zero To Hero)


Okay, so I’m hooked on the Harry Potter series. What can I say? J.K. Rowlings can pen one heck of a story. I started out reading the first installment The Sorcerer’s Stone last month simply because I wanted to see how Rowlings handled wormholes and parallel dimensions.

Turns out the book was so well written, I gave it very high marks for plot, setting, conflict, characters, theme, and point of view. More importantly, it was fun to read. The story had everything in it, including a climatic ending with a twist in characters I did not see coming. So yeah, I’m hooked and am halfway through the fourth book The Goblet of Fire and will continue on until finished with the series. Then I’ll go back and rent all the movies.

I was unfamiliar with the characters and the actors / actresses who portrayed them in the movies. Then I saw a Yahoo! Article with pics of the actors who played supporting roles. One was missing: Neville Longbottom, the nerdy scared little boy that was one of Harry’s roommates. Over the weekend I read a blog where Neville turns out he’s kind of bad@$$. I saw an elaborate cardboard movie prop in the theatres with a character with a sword on HPs side I did not recognize. I think its good ol’ Neville. From nerd to hero? Who’da thunk it? Not me. Hey, I’m new to the HP series and am still learning.

Rowlings has a cast of characters on the good side and the bad side. I can relate as I also have a cast of good guys and a cast of bad guys. Question is, how will the series end? How will the bad guys meet their fate? Who will be the ones to take them down and out? Will any of the villains escape to fight another day? Will there be a surprise, like Neville Longbottom going from zero to hero?

I’m reading through the HP series as fast as I can so I can watch the move Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (in 3D, of course). And I’m thinking to myself (who else would I be thinking to?) , hey, I also have a couple of zero to heroes characters who will ultimately help save the day (and the world) when its all said and done.

Question: Got any zero to hero characters you like. Do you like this kind of ending for a series? I know I do.

1 comment:

  1. I do! I think it's shocking. For some reason, you still don't expect it, well...if you work it right. I have this situation in my books. I think it works very well over a series because the development of the character can be seen.

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