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outraged2 Donating Member (306 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-30-04 01:51 AM
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7. many parallels
I see much the same as is posted above about the political parallels

My son and I started rereading book 5 again tonight and I am amazed, even having read it many times already, how much insight is revealed in just the first few pages.... not just politics, but society in general.

I know it is over-generalized, but Rowling nails the whole suburban mindset. The attitudes of the Dursleys and their neighbors on Privet dr..... same cars, same houses, same self-righteousness, snobbery and hypocrisy.

Aunt Petunia griping about the famous wife divorcing the famous husband being reported on the news, meanwhile lapping up all the tabloid reports of same.

Uncle Vernon griping about the striking baggage handlers being reported about... "Give 'em a lifelong siesta, I would..."

Uncle Vernon griping about Harry wanting to watch the news.... "As if a normal boy cares what's on the news - Dudley hasn't got a clue what's going on, doubt he knows who the Prime Minister is...." That line sticks out at me because that sems to be what our leaders want us to think.... 'leave it all to the grown-ups, we know what we are doing here. Nothing to see .... move along.' Normal people don't care about this kind of stuff.

Oh, there is just so much in all the books I could really go on and on.... and on. I have been pretty obsessed with them recently. We have read them over and over and over again, and each time I see even more.

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  -What political parallels do you see between HP & now? Pithy Cherub  Nov-29-04 05:30 PM   #0 
  - I see enormous parallels between Bush and Cornelius Fudge.  Gryffindor_Bookworm   Nov-29-04 06:57 PM   #1 
  - In the beginning I saw that too. Then Aphonso Quaron said:  robbedvoter   Nov-29-04 08:37 PM   #2 
     - that'  Gryffindor_Bookworm   Nov-29-04 09:08 PM   #3 
     - Found Quaron's actual quote:  robbedvoter   Nov-29-04 09:26 PM   #4 
     - Excellent analysis:  Pithy Cherub   Nov-29-04 09:30 PM   #5 
     - I'd hate to legitimize Rove so much. Slytherin was a co-founder  robbedvoter   Nov-30-04 12:37 AM   #6 
        - Your points as usual are very good. My perspective is on the long term  Pithy Cherub   Nov-30-04 09:21 AM   #9 
     - I would extend Umbridge to include the "Patriot Act"  Sabriel   Dec-15-04 01:35 PM   #19 
        - And more generally  Southpaw Bookworm   Dec-15-04 01:45 PM   #20 
  - many parallels  outraged2   Nov-30-04 01:51 AM   #7 
  - The Durstley are the perfect rednecks (funny, since they are Brits)  robbedvoter   Nov-30-04 08:27 AM   #8 
  - LOL!  Pithy Cherub   Nov-30-04 09:24 AM   #10 
  - wow... scary  outraged2   Nov-30-04 10:45 AM   #12 
  - Very insightful ! Rowling was having a great deal of snarky fun  Pithy Cherub   Nov-30-04 09:37 AM   #11 
  - I've been calling repukes "Death Eaters" for the longest  Chovexani   Nov-30-04 04:17 PM   #13 
  - That is a great analogy! On the media mess  Pithy Cherub   Nov-30-04 07:40 PM   #15 
  - I can't quote, or even remember which of the most  LWolf   Nov-30-04 07:22 PM   #14 
  - Yep! Then the Children's Crusade started.  Pithy Cherub   Nov-30-04 07:44 PM   #16 
  - my workplace just went through a departmental review ...  Lisa   Dec-05-04 09:33 PM   #17 
     - Hufflepuff have a few issues too.  Pithy Cherub   Dec-06-04 04:08 PM   #18 

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