Monday, July 30, 2007

Harry Potter advocates gun ownership

Following on from my post about the Harry Potter books' attitude to the state and authority in general, The Remittance Man points out that the boy wizard also encourages weaponry.
The Harry Potter books are very, very in favour of the private ownership of deadly weapons.

Now before you all think that RM has finally lost his marbles, stop and consider this:

Right from the first book one learns that wizards and witches carry wands. Indeed the whole Hogwarts experience seems designed to teach young magical types how to use these things. Yet as the stories progress we learn that not only do they help with the washing up and doing one's homework, but that wands can and are used to stun, maim and even kill. Yep, that's right: In Harry's world the entire population is permanently packing heat. Even the kids are tooled up.

By the end of the series we have a full scale battle between the baddies and their allies in the corrupt authorities on one side and the citizen's militia on the other. Both sides merrily blasting each other to buggery and back with the wands they have carried since age 11.

I dunno whether this was Ms Rowling's intention, but to my mind, not only does her story encourage scepticism of authority and steafdast resistance to state control; it also supports the notion that an armed citizenry is the last bastion of democracy when all else fails.

Firearms have never been a part of my life, so it is not entirely surprising that I should have missed this, but RM is, of course, quite correct. How can our state tolerate such attitudes? I fear that it will not be long until Ms Rowling is sent to the gulag (after all, with the state of education in this country, she is unlikely to be imprisoned for her awful use of the English language—who in our government would notice)?

7 comments:

Harry Haddock said...

Firearms have never been part of your life, eh? Next time you are in Nottingham, look me up and I'll take you down the range for a 'life changing' experience.

Assuming the bastards don't ban them first.

tim said...

And worse Rowling herself is an honorary member of the British Weights and Measures Association, no metric in her books....

Neal Asher said...

I did that in my own books. In the the first books I thought, right, that's an inch thick so I'll call it two centimetres. Only at some point after market traders were being victimized for selling veg in pounds did I go completely Imperial.

guido faux said...

"You can have my wand when you pry it from my cold dead hands"

Roger Thornhill said...

Harry Potter books really could be the saviour of Britain in making education, loyalty, bravery, heritage and anti-statism subconsciously cool for an entire generation.

p.s. fingers, guido faux, fingers.

p.p.s. This line was used on Men In Black by that great actor Vincent D'Orofino as "Edgar", previously "Gomer Pyle" in Full Metal Jacket and now in Law and Order: Criminal Intent. In his case, his offer was accepted...

The Remittance Man said...

Firearms have never been a part of my life

Forshame, Mr DK! May I suggest you take up Harry's offer toot sweet? Not only is wielding death dealing technology damned fine fun, but skill at arms is the sign of a true gentleman.

hechizos said...

Because MOST people live in fantasy world anyway and they just HAVE to do what everybody else is doing or they wont fit in or be hip or...whatever...most people are sheep and they cant be themselves or unique or creative on their OWN! I have nver read Harry Potter books and I never will. Not my thing really. I prefer Jack Kerouac or Yeats or John Steinbeck. Im also too old for Harry Potter books (as most readers are) and I dont have the patience for kids stuff anymore. ....but I LOVE yogi Bear!!