After Harry Potter, the theme of good versus evil remains a key focus for J.K. Rowling, however post-HP, she has ventured much further into the evil side of things.
The Cormoran Strike series is set in London and features a cast of celebrities and models in the first book and a cast of prominent writers, literary agents, and editors in the second. I have just begun reading the third book of the Strike series, Career of Evil, and therefore have limited commentary on the book. Depraved behavior can happen anywhere, but it may be easier for some to observe it in the harsh conditions of London in the Strike series, rather than the purportedly idyllic setting of The Casual Vacancy.
In my 10th grade history class, we studied various Enlightenment thinkers, including Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Namely, Hobbes said, “The condition of man… is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.” This seems to be a guiding philosophy certainly for The Casual Vacancy, and to perhaps a milder extent, the Cormoran Strike series.
In all of Rowling’s post-Harry Potter work, it feels as though you are being forced to stare unblinkingly at the more unseemly side of humanity. It can be quite uncomfortable to read, and maybe that is her goal. There seems to be a keen desire to look at people’s imperfections, all the parts most people keep concealed due to social niceties.
Rowling pokes and prods mercilessly at her character’s vulnerabilities, creating a sense of brutal honesty. The bright jewel of hope that was a constant reassuring presence in Harry Potter is nearly entirely snuffed out in her work since. The brightest point of the Strike series is his assistant, Robin Ellacott, but even she may have a dark secret lingering in her past.
The Strike series so far is definitely engaging and thought-provoking; the storytelling and suspense, top-notch. However, and I realize J.K. Rowling doesn’t answer to me, I would love if she could write something a little lighter in this post-Harry Potter world.
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