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the Tora, the Bible, the Koran, and Harry Potter, oh my
• Posted by: Ashi-taka469   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, September 13, 2002, at 7:33 p.m.
• IP Address: cdefault.uwsp.edu
• In Response to: Re: And I thought my posts were long (Agent Q)

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

> 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

This is all true, but it differs slightly from my point earlier. I do not deny that there are all of these moral themes to be found in the books, but I also have seen many of those same virtues portrayed in very similar manners in episodes of pokemon and digimon while watching them with the kids I sometimes babysit. Those kids also read Harry Potter. The funny thing is with these morals is that when I inquire to the kids as to whether they noticed those morals, they have no idea what I'm talking about. Their only concern is with how cool this aspect of the action is or that part was. The point I've been getting at is that Harry Potter, although it does exhibit morals, exhibits the same ones portrayed by many other youth programs and books today and in a very similar manner, and as with all of the others, those morals tend to go unnoticed, except by those with the moral development to notice them. And in exchange, those who fail to notice them instead favor the fantasy and fun attributed to those books and programs. And as I mentioned before, the one thing Harry Potter is good for is the encouragement of reading among youth so eventually they feel compelled to read things of greater substance. I do not consider Harry Potter evil or something to be done away with, I just consider it over-rated and over-glorified, merely a medium of entertainment for some that should not be elevated to anything greater.




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