To Orwell Today,
re: Harry Potter articles


I was just reading your articles over Harry Potter that I have stumbled across while surfing the 'net. Let me just say, first of all, that the "potion" you're refering to from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire did not, I repeat did NOT, contain a "stewed baby". It was Lord Voldemort, but if you had bothered to read, you'd know that. Lord Voldemort had lost his body when he tried to attack Harry in book one, but he slowly got a little of it back when Peter Pettigrew (aka Wormtail) helped him using Nagini, Voldemort's giant pet snake. He had a tiny, weak body that looked like a baby. He was thrown into the cauldron, and came out with a restored body and immortality. That being said, I'll move on.

Secondly, about Peeves the Poltergeist singing obscene songs on Christmas, that was just JK's way of showing how annoying he can be. Besides, he's not in every book. Thirdly, what the hell does that Reinhard guy from Hanover University know? So what if he's a professor?! It's not as bloody and disgusting as y'all make it out to be. Children reading a bit of violence has NOTHING to do with psychological trauma! Lastly, you'd get those same neck and wrist pains if you were reading a heavy book too, especially if you were extremely interested in it! In other words, it's the book (expecially the hardback editions) that cause the pain, not the content. Lastly, Harry Potter has nothing to do with witchcraft or Satanism. I should know, I've been a Wiccan way before I liked Harry Potter. Even though it has "witches and wizards", it's merely meant to stir the imagination. So, quit taking it so damn seriously! Those that do take it seriously run the danger of being called stupid, like now.

Well, I think that about covers everything. Oh, yeah, one more thing. In book five, Harry does not become possessed, but merely thinks he does. Because the scar that he got when Voldemort attacked him, he has a connection to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (Voldemort, for those that don't read). If Lord Voldemort is feeling particularly evil, then Harry feels it. He only felt it even more in book five after Voldemort had been restored to his body, thus causing him to feel it when Voldemort's feeling evil. That's why when Voldemort had a surge of hatred, Harry HATED whoever was nearby, like Dumbledore. It's right there in the books, for those that bothered to read them! Then again, what do I know? I'm only 18 years old! (I was being sarcastic, in case you couldn't tell.)

Sincerely and utterly,

Greetings Meg,

Thank you for taking the time to tell me your views on the Harry Potter books and explain some of the intricacies.

I'll admit that I am not at all familiar with the books having read only one of them after seeing the movie (the first one). I did see some symbolism there, ie Harry communicating with the snake (which I took to represent evil). Him releasing it from its cage didn't seem like a very good thing to do as most people (Muggles) are instinctively afraid of boa-constrictors. There is no doubt about it that the book was loaded with other symbolism but I am sure that most young people who read the books don't understand it, which is good, as long as it doesn't sneak into their consciousness subliminally.

I hope you continue to enjoy them as nothing more than light reading.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

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