I have a problem with the Harry Potter novels/films.
You have this group of kids (and adults) who are “special”. Everyone else in the world is beneath them. Hell, everyone else in the world has to be kept in ignorance about them and about the dangers facing the entire world. (Kinda like the CIA?) They live in rich and special circumstances, petted, coddled, taught their proper roles. Isn’t this how the upper class views themselves, and views people like us, the hoiploi who they keep in the dark? True, there are a few “muggles” who pop out a kid who’s special, but that kid is sucked into the magic world, too dangerous to be left in the real world. Isn’t this how the upper classes view talented members of the lower classes. They are coopted, pulled into the world of privilege because there is nothing more dangerous than a brilliant member of the “people” who’s thwarted. Such people become assassins or lead revolutions. They cause trouble. The plutocracy has learned this. They give such people a hand up. Or kill them.
The Harry Potter novels symbolically show that world of privilege and show it as a good thing. I stopped reading them when I realized this. I do not celebrate those who rule over me, unelected. Or their class.
I also stopped watching the Harry Potter films.
I was watching one of them on TV. I was interested in it, enjoying it, then I had to go into the next room. I turned up the sound so I could hear the movie but I lost interest and never returned to watch it. This was because, I realized, it was all visuals. That was the only interesting thing about the film. The pretty pictures. There was no substance, no text, no subtext, no words to make it interesting. No layers. None of that in Harry Potter. Its only symbolism is the ideology that a few people are born superior to everyone else. All it has to offer is pretty pictures.
So screw Harry Potter.
© Alllie 2006
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