I'd like to start with saying that I really liked Dineniel's journal. Thank you, Dineniel, for writing it. It is rare to see a balanced view on Tolkien and Rowling.
Can’t find what I started to write the other day, so I’ll just start over. Let’s hope it all fits in one post.
For example, she talks about "some" power in the fifth book... errr what power? Explain it I say....
She will. The series isn't finished yet, remember? It’s like reading half of a murder story and complain that the murder hasn’t been found yet.
Gandalf-Olorin. I have read all the books so far and I love them. Let me tell you what I see in them.
Harry Potter and the kids at school are acting like children do at that age. You being a teacher should know what kids are like. You should also know that in real life as in the HP books, children and youths are very unsure of who they can trust. Who can I tell this to? Who will believe me? Who will understand? And as kids thinks they are they are the only ones who are unsure and scared, they often keep things to themselves or within the circle of friends. In the books we can see what they hide since the books are written from their point of view, in real life we can’t.
Children easily recognize Harry and his friends and the children around him. All the characters can be found in their own lives. The school nerd no-one wants to talk to, the clumsy boy everybody laughs at, the big bullies, boring teachers, scary teachers, teachers who treat you wrongly, teachers who treat you nice. The books are taking place today with kids of today, and children read it and nods. "Yes, this is the way it is."
The books are overflowing with moral, I am very sad you can't see that G-O. Yes, the children go off and do things on their own. That is because they don't know who to trust. But the kids in HP always have to pay the price for their choices. The consequences are always shown.
What child hasn't dreamt about being able to turn into an animal? Or to do magic? Or to snap ones fingers and be somewhere else. Or to be invisible. Rowling remembers the children’s dreams and fantasies. She mentions all these things and a lot more, but also shows that what might seen fun at first, may turn out to be something that can be misused.
Like Harry father and his friends when they were at the school. They broke the rules, and learned how to change into animal shapes so their other friend wouldn’t be alone. The thought was kind, but this ability was misused by one of the 'friends'. This lead to Harry's parents getting killed and Sirius was thrown to prison for something he didn't do.
And about Harry being a bad role model. He and his friends fight for what they believe in, they are there for their friends, they defend the bullied from the bullies, they are intelligent and use what they have learned and seek information on their own. They show that even the wimpiest child can be brave, that even the weirdest looking kid has something to offer, and that the biggest bully may not be as tough after all, and that not all is what it appears to be at first glance. I would rather have children who can think on their own and question things they don’t agree on, than small robots who go along with everything and obeys blindly.
Frodo must submit to the burden of his quest in order to rid Middle Earth of the Ring and of Sauron. Digory must resist the temptation to eat the fruit before he has returned it to Aslan so that Narnia will have protection against the White Witch. The characters in HP do not act in this manner.
Let's see... Harry has lived with with his unloving aunt and uncle his whole life. He has been bullied all his life, both at home and in school. Sounds like quite a burden to live with if you ask me. And did you read the end of book 5? If THAT isn’t a burden enough for a young teenager, then I don’t know what it takes.
In order to win the Triwizard Tournament in book 4, he has to cheat.
Again you have missed the point. It is Voldemort who cheats Harry. Harry didn’t want to join, but he was forced to. It is clear all along that Harry isn’t ready for all this. He is too young. The “help” he gets is there to ensure that Harry wins so that Voldemort can kill him. Does that sound like a good reward for cheating to you?
No, it is far better to forbid these books from the start.
I am very sad people still think this way.
I have no idea what part of the books tells children to join the occult. Please, tell me.
Well this should be enough talk for now. :)