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Re: And I thought my posts were long
• Posted by: Agent Q   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, September 5, 2002, at 11:15 a.m.
• IP Address: c-24-126-217-196.we.client2.attbi.com
• In Response to: And I thought my posts were long (Sean Raduechel)

>I still do not feel that any really genuine
> or original morality issues are portrayed in those books, that the story
> really only appeals to those alternate reality escapes so many in todays
> world seem to flock to (including myself, although I desire to be rid of
> them), and that the only pluses it has is clever humor, good character
> development, and the draw to influence people, especially kids, to read
> more.

Harry Potter teaches a lot of morality issues. And a lot of common ground issues as well that kids can really relate to.

For example, Harry is afraid he won't fit in. This is a real issue with kids now a days, when they move to a higher class or go to a new school. It's kid instinct, as well as adult instinct.

Bravery and courage are well-painted here, as well as the drive to succeed that is in so many minds today. Remembering others before yourselves is also in there, including in Harry's rush to make sure Voldemort didn't get the stone -- even though he stands no chance against the more powerful adult.

Friendship is a wonderful thread in these stories, as well as family ties. Harry's friendship with Hermione and Ron makes him feel at home and welcome, and not alone before as he was. He risks himself for his friends, such as in the second book when he saves Ron's sister.

About the rule breaking, mentioned in the first post:

Harry and his friends break rules that need to be broken, at that moment. Some rules are good for some times, and then work against you later when you are trying to complete a goal. This may seem odd, since a rule is put down to keep us from doing something, but humans haven't really been proven to be the smartest of creatures. Some rules, after a while, become obselete.

Anyway.

This was my post. I hope I got my point across.

--Agent Q



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