Date: 2017-05-30 03:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pauraque
I think Harry's exclusive POV worked well in the first couple of books because we were still learning about the wizarding world through his eyes. Everything was new to him and to us, so it made sense that we would know only what he knew.

But as we got more comfortable with the setting, and as the plot expanded and became about so much more than a boy learning he's a wizard, I think the POV started to become awkward and overly limiting. I gather that JKR was feeling the constraints, because she did start to make those exceptions, and they became vital. Imagine HBP without the Spinner's End chapter! I agree she could have stood to do even more of this.

It gets into what we talked about earlier, how some of the structural problems in DH had to do with Harry too often being elsewhere while important and interesting things were happening without him. Bringing in additional POVs could have helped with this.
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