Rules - OK!
J. K. Rawlings
has created, in her series of Harry Potter novels, an amazingly rich collection
of places and characters. Few titles could lay claim to being read with such
enthusiasm by boys and girls alike.
Her basic storys
of good versus evil, of kids making a difference, of having fun and having good
friends are refreshing in this age of gore-based fantasy computer games and
even gorier real world events like those of September 11.
who have branded the Harry Potter books, and more recently the first film adaptation
as celebrating evil are missing many important points IWHO:
- Kids like to think that
absolute rules are there to be broken - it is a buzz to pull one over on an
adult (and good luck to them).
- Strong characters do
exist as role models for girls.
- Friendship is important,
mates stick up for each other thru thick and thin.
- Muggles are stupid (as
are 80% of the adult population).
- Everyone could use a
little magic at times.
- Imagination is a powerful
force, doubly so when a film adaptation is so carefully controlled by the
author so written images translate perfectly into screen adaptations.
- Kids have an amazing
eye for detail - my daughter (an avid Potter reader) was the biggest critic
(this was different, there should have been 17, that should have been orange..)
but still get lost in the wonder of a good story well told.
- Good triumphs over evil
(in the imaginary world, anyway) and being a wizard or witch is something
we could all aspire to be.
- Nothing is more revolting
than troll snot.
- Quiddich should be a
Summer Olympic demonstration sport - I am happy to be a seeker, just gotta
get the broom started...
I for one will be donning
the black capes and hopping aboard the Hogwarts Express for the next adventure
and my kids will be beside me saying "are we there yet?"
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