Originally Posted by Smokering
Heh - I feel similarly about Ron (in the movies). Seriously, his role in DH2 was practically a cameo...
I dunno; I'm not sure I can blame JKR for sidelining Hagrid a bit in the later books. I mean, no offense to the character, but how much of a mentor would he have been for a 16-year-old boy? He was kinda dim. :p I got the impression in the later books that Harry and the gang visited him out of kindness (and friendship, sure) rather than wanting advice or reveling in his wisdom. He just seems like the sort of figure who would have originally seemed a fount of knowledge (given that Harry didn't know squat about the wizarding world, and Hagrid was able to impart basic facts like "Galleons are money" and "Toads are lame, get an owl"); not to mention being cool because he was a (half-) giant and had a kind heart... but I can see Dumbledore and Lupin and so on would have been more on Harry's level as he grew up.
There's a lot of truth to this, but it's kind of what I mean. Hagrid wasn't the brightest bulb, and definitely screwed up sometimes. But, Rowling seemed to be playing him more and more for laughs, pretty much from the moment he became the Care of Magical Creatures teacher. I mean...Dumbledore trusted him (rightly so, as it happened) with the infant Harry - and even the older Harry, when he picked him up from the Dursley's. He was a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Yet, she portrayed him as barely being able to function at all. I just felt that she way overplayed the "big stupid oaf" thing. (I also felt that his whole tenure as Care of Magical Creature teacher, as it was portrayed in the books, made Dumbledore look like an idiot. Hagrid wasn't competent in the role, and there was no reason why he wouldn't be, except for stupid comic relief.)
But then, I never liked Hagrid as much as many fans seem to, so maybe I'm just being callous.
If you didn't like Hagrid, anyway, I can see why you wouldn't feel the same way about it. I don't think that's about being "callous", though.
(Just like I wasn't a huge Dobby or Hedwig fan, so I wasn't devastated when they died... in fact, I kept waiting for her to get on with it and kill someone really major, ie. Ron or Hermione, and when she didn't I felt she'd cheated a bit!)
I didn't really care about Hedwig, but it was obvious that Harry did, yk? I was sad, partly because of the way she died (one thing I think the movies did better!), but also because she'd been Harry's only friendly companion during all his horrible summers at the Dursley's, and then she was just...gone. Likewise, I didn't care much for Dobby's character. He was annoying. But, it made me sad that he was free, and went on to such a good life after being kicked around by the Malfoy's, and then just...died, almost by accident.
I didn't feel that she cheated at all. As dark as the books became, they were definitely a children's book series in the beginning (I've heard that Rowling always intended them to go in the direction that they did, but I honestly feel that she's overstating that, and/or just plain lying about it. I have several reason for that, but I'm getting way OT.) There was no way she was going to kill off any of the trio. I did wonder about Neville, Luna and a few others. But, even killing off Lupin, let alone Fred, was farther than I honestly thought she'd go. Lupin's death at least kind of fit a pattern, where Lily, James and their best friends were all dead, by the time Harry faced his ultimate challenge, but Fred surprised me. I didn't think she'd kill off any of the Weasleys, let alone one of the twins!