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    Question Was Voldemort Right? What Type of World is Harry Potter Fighting to Protect?

    Steve Sailer wrote an interesting article for Takimag that discussed the world of Hogwarts, wizardry, and Harry Potter. Titled Harry Potter's Story of Race and Inheritance, he wrote:
    Yet, because Muggles are so boring, the main impetus of the plot comes not from conflicts between Muggles and wizards, but from the war over race relations waged among wizards. On one side are our tolerant heroes. On the other are the evil Nazi purebloods—such as Voldemort and blond Draco Malfoy, Harry’s archrival from Slytherin House—who denigrate wizards of mixed-ancestry as “mudbloods.”

    Although Rowling, who once worked for Amnesty International, makes her books ostentatiously anti-racist, there’s something fundamentally bogus about her façade of conventional modern politics. Wizardry turns out to feature a politically incorrect dependence upon nature rather than nurture. Blood will tell. As Chris Suellentrop scoffed in Slate at Rowling’s eugenic worldview: “Hogwarts is nothing more than a magical Mensa meeting.”
    The individual who wrote the article below (we'll call it Was Voldemort Right?) dares go one step further than Sailer's analysis and postulate a question that few dare ask... was the Dark Lord right? Now this site is SBPDL, but it's always good to throw in pop culture articles now and then. This is one of those rare exceptions. "Paul Kersey" is one person, but in this instance, I'm proud to share this forum with a writer that makes many interesting points that Muggles will find unsavory. But in the end - if you know much about Harry Potter - you'll have to ask yourself: What type of world is Harry Potter fighting to protect?
    For those uninitiated into Harry Potter's world, this one might be over your head. Nevertheless, enjoy.
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    The Harry Potter series enchanted the hearts and minds of child and adult alike, and captivated an entire generation of readers. Harry Potter is a global phenomenon, a multimillion dollar a year industry that has catapulted JK Rowling into international superstardom en route to becoming one of the wealthiest women in the world.

    At a cursory glance, the tale of Harry and his companions is rife with the proper social pathologies and messages that permeate every book and movie in this multicultural age. As a result, conservatives, libertarians, and particularly, leftist and far left activists have all sought to utilize Harry Potter for their own devices, claiming he and Albus Dumbledore as champions for progress and tolerance.

    Of course, the directors of the films make sure to depict the enemy of the series, the malevolent, genocidal, Lord Voldemort as a wanton mass murderer obsessed with the concept of immortality. This is a slight departure from the calculating and collected wizard depicted in the books, who strove for a greater society built on natural hierarchy. Voldemort’s nuances and vision were left out of the movie in favor of a theatrical performance by Ralph Fiennes that may work on the big screen, yet ultimately left a camp stain on a much more complex character.

    Rowling should be credited with creating such an intricate web of characters who’s story arcs all end with the mighty crescendo of drawn wands. Readers and critics are generally so engrossed within the story itself that they fail to truly evaluate the social surroundings in which the story takes place.

    The viewer is expected to take as a given the society that Harry Potter is defending as good, and to blindly pay fealty to loyalties provided. Instead of a critical glance, it’s very easy to fall into the corny morality that Harry never seems to transcend throughout the books and movies.
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    http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blog...-of-world.html

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    Hogwarts is very multi-cultural, and the other two wizarding schools are very homogenous; even in the movies they were portrayed as basically looking the same. BTW, by the location of Godric's Hollow, Harry Potter, the series protagonist, is Welsh.

    I'm not entirely sure Voldemort fought for the right thing though. In essence, he was himself only a half-blood, and so hardly the leader there should have been. Also, the methods of the Death Eaters (including the Unforgivable Curses, especially the crippling Cruciatus Curse) aren't that Germanic either.

    It goes without saying though that the House that's got the idea right is Slytherin: Pure-blood (have you noticed? All Slytherin pure-bloods are white as well, some Gryffindor pure-bloods are mixed), academic excellence, an eye for the detail and an eye for invention. That it also leads easiest to corruption is true, but it has excellence in its ranks.

    That being said, the book has but two heroes-of-the-book one can emulate in their character after reading the entire series: That's Sirius Black and Severus Snape (albeit being half-blood also). Black seeks to look after his godson and helps the cause he beliefs fighting despite the danger to his life; Snape plays a dangerous double game, much like we're going to find it useful to have infiltrators into the system it makes him a character to emulate.

    (BTW, Rowling has a continuity error about the houses. She has Hagrid say in the first book that "every evil wizard's been in Slytherin". At that time, Sirius Black is imprisoned for the alleged murder of a dozen, and seen to have told the whereabouts of the Potter family to Voldemort)
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    Thought I could share this =P


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    I really don't agree with Voldemort. I care more about racial genetics than ability genetics. Besides in their world the half bloods were still plenty capable of producing children able to have magic. So as long as the parents aren't mixed race, I have no problem with them.

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    Am I the only person left in the world that has not read or seen Harry Potter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorwald View Post
    Am I the only person left in the world that has not read or seen Harry Potter?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorwald View Post
    Am I the only person left in the world that has not read or seen Harry Potter?
    No, you're not. When all these books came out a few years ago, I refused to read them as the Harry Potter hype got on my nerves. For the same reason I refused to watch the movies.

    Now I'm just not interested, but maybe I'll read them some day in the future.

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    Maybe if I was younger I might read them but I am more interested in the direction the world is taking right now as an adult as this seems to occupy my thoughts.

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    No you're not alone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorwald View Post
    Am I the only person left in the world that has not read or seen Harry Potter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granraude View Post
    Thought I could share this =P

    That's too much! ROFL.

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