Friday, March 25, 2005

Magic a Crutch?

1.) It’s about time! I usually don’t show that much emotion but my reading material, as of recently, has been saturated by hidden agendas and mini people. Now we are reading a first rate novel written without any controversial elements. First off, a controversial topic which has been floating around the class discussion must be put to rest. What gives me the right, or even the academia to act as an expert witness? This is my blog. The idea that has been passed around class is that The Prisoner of Azkaban has a hidden gay rights agenda and I’m sorry to be contradictory but Professor Lupin does not represent the homosexual community. I find that in our modern day education, every book we read has to have a secret meaning or stance the author is a proponent. Why can’t we just read a book and enjoy the story? When parents tell their kids a story, are they sculpting their ideas about certain social issues? NO, a story is designed for entertainment purposes. To wrap up I just want to say, I am a big fan of Harry Potter and that I am not against gay rights but I am against assigning social agendas to children’s books.

2.) The Prisoner of Azkaban revolves around a boy and his adventures in a magical world. In Harry Potter, magic was evident throughout but the resolution always stems from more mundane elements. When Harry was faced with a boggart, which transformed into a dementor, his magic failed him but the humanistic virtue which helped him succeed was persistence and bravery. Every time he faced the dementor he heard his parents being murdered, but when he attempted to just utter the spell, a “white fog obscured his senses” and then “Harry, Harry wakeup.” (178). This quote evidenced that magic was just the physical tool displayed to represent his warring mind. After he passes out, it was not magic that forced him up, rather it was the mundane human quality of never giving up. A flying horse, another example of magic, was used as the crutch for Sirius’s escape from imprisonment. However, this form of magical assistance wasn’t any different from a jail break in the 1800’s via a horse or in the 1900’s using a helicopter to extract a captive. The author in Harry Potter used the flying horse to enter into the realm of fantasy not to diverge from the practical.

The climax where Harry was fighting the dementors by the lake, he used the patronous spell to save the day. Harry relied on magic to attain the resolution to the climax however this wasn’t any different from a soldier relying on his weapons to save civilians. In “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban”, the use of magic was acceptable because it is just expressed humanistic tools or virtues as fantasy elements.

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