Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Harry Potter vs. Islamofascist Terrorism

I just finished reading the fifth Harry Potter book, H.P. and the Order of the Phoenix. I wasn't going to read it until I saw the fourth movie, as that has been my pattern, but my children "encouraged" me to read it now.

I don't want to be one of those cranks who sees reflections of the world in places where they aren't, but this book seemed, in places, to be an allegory of our current war against Islamic terrorists. I'm not going to insist that Rowling planned this allegory. This book was released in July 2003. Yes, the war on terror was going on back then, but the first book is copyright 1997, before we realized that the Islamofascists were serious in their war against us. She had seven books planned from the beginning, I beleive, and there must have been at least a rought outline back then for all seven books. Things change though, and background details that reflect the modern world can be changed over the course of time. I'm sure authors change all kinds of details as they write their books.

Tolkein was accused of writing an allegory of WWII. He denied it. Their are probably other tales of good vs. evil that mirror past situations, but this one had details that were just too close to reality . . . although it could be just coincidence.

First of all, there is the dread, since the first Harry Potter book, of mentioning Voldemort's name. People are so afraid of him that he is "the one who must not be named" or something like that. We have the twin scourges of Political Correctness and Multiculturalism that won't allow many leaders the courage to put the words "Muslim" and "terrorist" together even though it's even been admitted by some Muslims, that almost all terrorists in current times have been Muslims. Also, Voldemort, like our current crop of terrorists will sacrifice the lives of his followers as easily as an Arab camel owner will sacrifice a child slave camel jockey.

In this book, there is a denial by the Wizard/Witch MSM (The Daily Prophet) and government (Ministry of Magic) that Voldemort is alive. They keep insisting that he's dead even though there is evidence to the contrary. Compare that with the current denial concerning the Islamic attempt to restore the caliphate. Many in our cultural elite insist that simple appeasement or the abandonment of Israel to the devils will solve our problems. We should know better.

Even as Harry, Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix battle Voldemort and his evil death eaters, the MSM (Daily Prophet) indulges in constant character assassination and ridicule of the heroes. Compare that with the way our MSM treats our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan; day after day of body counts, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, (non-existant) Koran abuse, and a daily damning insistance that we are losing the war. Not to mention the continuous mantra of the left: "Bush Lies . . ." Of course Rowling may just be poking jabs at the irresponsible, government supported British press. Like I said earlier, it may be coincidental.

Teaming up with the Daily Prophet in their quest for self-defeat is the craven and cowardly Ministry of Magic. Hogwarts is taken over by the Ministry and an attempt is made to destroy the curriculum and the school. Teachers are villified for not following the new dumbed down suggestions of the Ministry of Magic's agent now in charge of Hogwarts. Isn't that what's happening in our schools? Students at Hogwarts can't even learn how to protect themselves from the Dark Arts. Harry has to act as a vigilante and teach willing students himself. And in Arizona we have the Minutemen defending our borders because our government (Democrats and Republicans) have their own reasons for letting in a flood of illegal immigrants. OK, so this may be a stretch. But, how can we defend our culture against the Muslim onslaught if our culture isn't taught in school but Multiculturalism is?

Maybe I'm reading too much into the book, but whether I'm being a crank or not, it did add to the enjoyment of the book.

At the end of the book, of course, the good guys win. At least until the sixth book, which I'll read next summer.

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