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11 November 2003 @ 09:30 am
Harry Potter, Spawn of Satan  
This morning, my friendly neighbourhood conservative newspaper Rheinische Post cited a short passage from Cardinal Ratzinger's approving reply to Bavarian publicist Gabriele Kuby, who had recently accused the Harry Potter books not only of undermining Christian values but also of seriously damaging children's ability to make a clear distinction between Good and Evil.

While Kuby's arguments will appear untenable to any unbiased reader (most folks will probably dismiss them as "just the usual fundamentalist propaganda"), they leave me with a feeling of uneasiness, since I pretty much agree with the theory that the true reason for right-wing charges against Harry Potter is not the propagation of fairy tale magic, but the fact that the books seem to encourage individualism and independent thinking rather than blind obedience and conformity.

As a professed individualist, I'm worried.
 
 
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Selena: Neilselenak on November 11th, 2003 01:09 am (UTC)
In the Süddeutsche Zeitung...
We had also a furious attack on HP but balanced by a passionate defence on the day of the German publication. Today there's a follow-up review which muses that the reason for all the sudden bother might be that puberty has set in for Harry & Co., which isn't usually realistically described in terms of character change in children's novels. I don't think that's really it, though. Umbridge and Fudge, among other things, are a sharp satire on bureaucrats in power; Heinrich Mann would have approved and recognized the types from Der Untertan.
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on November 12th, 2003 12:10 am (UTC)
Re: In the Süddeutsche Zeitung...
Umbridge and Fudge, among other things, are a sharp satire on bureaucrats in power;

This is exactly the reason why I enjoyed Fudge so much in GoF. I think that characters like him and Umbridge added a more complex level of evilness to Wizarding World; one that in the end will probably cause much more havoc and pain than Voldemort.
Vashtanvashtan on November 11th, 2003 11:47 am (UTC)
Don'tmake me like HP!
That would almost be a reason to read the books. ;-)

Anyway - a friend would like to join the LJ community. Do you, per chance, still have a code to give?
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on November 11th, 2003 11:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Don'tmake me like HP!
You know, the bad thing about the HP books is that they are actually pretty entertaining *g*

Anyway - a friend would like to join the LJ community. Do you, per chance, still have a code to give?

Sure :-)
Give me a second and I'll mail you the details...
Cavendishcavendish on November 28th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)
;-)
Your life must be completely boring at the moment - judging from the lj entries ...

... just as my own life is right now ;-))