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sunnystarr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-05 10:18 AM
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Harry Potter as an allegory for George Bush?
Edited on Mon Jul-25-05 10:27 AM by sunnystarr
Early last week my daughter in NY and I in TN finished reading the newest Harry Potter novel. My daughter, after being brain washed by Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, and Dr. Laura broke from her Democratic family to join Bush supporters, a move which served to alienate her from the rest of the family. Since we now have such diametrically opposed political views and philosophies, we're both very careful to avoid any conversation that borders that rift.

Since most topics eventually lead to political philosophies and a quick end to our conversations, I thought we were on very safe ground as we discussed Harry Potter.

As she dove into a generalized summary of Harry's plights throughout the novels, she told me that Harry was just like *, who when telling the world about WMD's wasn't believed (as no one would believe Harry insisting that Voldemort was back). She said Vodemort was bin Laden and the symbol of terrorism - that the Death Eaters were the terrorists.

As she made more of these connections I just sat dumbfounded and ended our conversation very worried about her. I'm constantly trying to find ways to get through to her.

I then went to find something on the net to see if this was RW thinking. I found an article on Slate which was tearing down Harry Potter and really sorta did make him sound like * but for other reasons.
Simple: He's a glory hog who unfairly receives credit for the accomplishments of others and who skates through school by taking advantage of his inherited wealth and his establishment connections. Harry Potter is no braver than his best friend, Ron Weasley, just richer and better-connected. Harry's other good friend, Hermione Granger, is smarter and a better student. The one thing Harry excels at is the sport of Quidditch, and his pampered-jock status allows him to slide in his studies, as long as he brings the school glory on the playing field. But as Charles Barkley long ago noted, being a good athlete doesn't make you a role model.

As I thought further about Harry Potter I could also see many symbolic characters and events that would relate to the state of the world today - but with a different perspective than my daughter's.

It would be really interesting to see how much symbolism is woven in this children's series.

Note: edited because I accidentally posted before I was done. My apologies.

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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-05 10:22 AM
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1. your post seems cutoff midsentence there...
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-05 10:23 AM
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2. Timeline is all wrong
The Harry Potter books are set in the 1990's.
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King Cozumel Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-05 10:24 AM
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3. I saw it the opposite... sorta.
The new book DOES take a very political turn. Tony Blair is even in the first part. But if Voldemort was ANYONE, it would be GWB/Cheney. The Death-Eaters are of course the rethugs. But that was my first assesment. Here it is, plain and simple: Voldemort is the bad guy. The Death-Eaters are his minions: EVIL. Harry and the rest of the crowd are GOOD. that's it. Good vs. Evil. We just relate it to today because of all the good vs. evil going on it the world, but keep in mind that this has been the background of EVERYTHING in the Wizarding World well before GWB was President, and long before OBL was the threat he is today. Is one of these Xtian Fundie rethugs gonna suddenly say that JK Rowling is a prophet??? oh ya, and Dumbledore dying really sucked.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-05 10:34 AM
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4. and Blair is waiting from a call from
a president that he finds revolting.

Rowling never mentions the country or the president but we're pretty sure who this "important president" is.

Funny :applause:

How could the RWers take that???

Then again the name of the PM is never given or the time the book is actually supposed to take place.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-05 10:34 AM
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5. Agree.
Even the houses at Hogwarts reflect this - Gryffindor is clearly liberal; Ravenclaw is intellectual; but Slytherin's focus is purely on power. The mean-spirited are all Slytherin, of whom Voldemort is the exemplar figure, while the other houses are generous, considerate, concerned about others.

And, damn you, I haven't finished it yet - you might have posted a warning (though I was truly not surprised by your last line).
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-05 10:57 AM
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6. Hi King Cozumel!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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