Skip to comments.Harry Potter and the Dark Side
Posted on 07/18/2005 6:36:15 AM PDT by Kitten Festival
J.K. Rowling is historys richest-ever author, enjoying an incomparable global readership. With eager consumers lined up at midnight to buy her book on the date of release, she stands as the literary phenomenon of our times.
Rowling resembles no one in popularity so much as Charles Dickens, who inspired excited crowds in America to meet the packet ships from England, calling out for the next installment of the story of Little Nell.
She also rivals Dickens in her ability to create some of the most delightful names in literature. Uriah Heep, meet Severus Snape.
Few authors today write books for adolescent boys, who readily fall away from reading and are lured to the video tube. Daring to write long and complicated plots, Rowling doesnt underestimate her readers. Her books contain delightful inventions on almost every page: from mail delivery owls to the winged boars (flying pigs) that grace the Hogwarts school gates.
But huge success makes for a big target. Rowling does not lack for critics.
Some are bothered by her abundant use of adverbs, or worry about exposing very young children to the violence in the books good vs. evil plot lines. Occasional gross-out humor and love of annoying practical jokes dismay some adults, but meet the literary tastes of the adolescent boy.
By far the most serious criticism of the Harry Potter series comes from those Christians and Jews who believe any mention of magic in literature is completely and automatically off-limits based simply on the Biblical prohibitions against witchcraft.
I respect such critics, but I disagree with them. A few of them go overboard, muttering darkly about bargains with supernatural forces. But many are sincere and intelligent.
There is a basic difference between reading a Harry Potter book and invoking the dark forces. Casting actual spells is one thing. Reading about them while engrossed in a struggle between good and evil on the magical plane of childrens literature is quite another.
Magic has become a literary convention of imaginative literature, positing forces fo
Harry Potter is crap- give me Grand Theft Auto!!! Now that is some dark stuff.
Your screen name gives you away. You're HIM, aren't you? Shall I go insane now?
Too much sexual innuendo for my kids. I read reviews at the Catholic Bishops website and the Kids in Mind reviews. I admit I have not seen it, but I don't like the things I read there.
And, Aslan represents...
Well, duh. My point was that a "good" character (Lucy) had to be stopped by an outside agency from doing what she knew to be a wrong, selfish, and evil act.
Oh my, you're so clever it seems you've missed the point entirely. It's okay for a given writer to write about any subject as long as he/she maintains integrity, even when writing fiction. Take a look at good fiction, Steinbeck for example, and you will find the authors are masterful at telling the story of their characters from a perceptive (outward) rather than from projection (inward) view. It's okay to describe a character of a different race or gender from a perceptive viewpoint when outside the group, but it's dishonest to write as though you're that race or gender and this is how I actually think. Can you discern the difference? Why do you suppose the author of the Potter books needs a male character as a vehicle to promote witchcraft?
Actually, the subsequent books are full of magic, potions, mystical creatures. I loved them as a kid and have read them to my kids.
Well reasoned. Potter books are not universally bad for kids, but in the wrong hands, heck, manure can be deadly!
Nancy Drew was written by a man and she taught me all there is to know about life.
It's possible that I'm too jaded to see it, but I'd love to know what those reviewers considered "sexual innuendo."
Its setting in a British boarding school isn't enough?
Now THAT'S funny!
Hary Potter ping.
That's not from Harry Potter. I've seen all 3 movies, and don't remember that at all.
I know where your coming from. I'm an animator who just is coming from a school that's wall to wall liberals and I would guess Lucas Film and ILM (my dream job) would be no different. Yet, conservatives like us continue to deal with it and move on.
OTOH, if you consider "wand" to be a double-entendre, the books become far more funny (from a purely juvenile sense) to read.
Sorry, that was in Fantastic Four. I had posted that I preferred HP movies to that kind of stuff. Someone had asked what I didn't like about the FF movie and somehow we got our lines crossed!
LOL! We really don't want to see Dumbledore and McGonigal nude, now do we?
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