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Education Reporter
NUMBER 239 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS DECEMBER 2005

Letters from Readers . . .
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In response to a somewhat favorable review of the latest Harry Potter book in the October Education Reporter, readers have forwarded these contrary comments:

"While Rowling posits the 'good' use of occult powers against their misuse, thus imparting to her sub-creation an apparent aura of morality, the cumulative effect is to shift our understanding of the battle lines between good and evil. The border is never defined. . . . We must ask ourselves how we arrived at a position where we allow our children to absorb for hours on end, in the form of powerful fiction, activities that we would never permit them to observe or to practice in real life." - Michael D. O'Brien, Catholic World Report, 4-21-03

"Rowling's disregard for the virtues of obedience, truth telling, and self-restraint cultivated in traditional children's literature shows that she consciously rejects its moral framework.... In a 1999 interview,. . . Rowling shamelessly admits that she nurtures in her heroes and child readers a desire for revenge and then fulfills it." - David Haddon, The American Spectator, 10-13-05

"Harry is not a good role model for children unless, of course, you want to teach them that the end justifies the means; that lying in certain circumstances is okay . . . One of the problems with Harry Potter is the lack of distinction between good and evil." — Johnnette Benkovic

"The Potter books and movies cleverly mask the evil concepts by presenting evil in a fantastic and alluring child's world." — Jan Markell

See also the news article in Education Reporter, May 2002.


 
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