28 June, 2005

Harry The Beautiful

The current "discussion" among my Harry Potter For Grownups enthusiasts is that J.K. Rowling has created a World War II analogy in the Harry Potter series.

Everyone is hot to trot for the Voldemort=Hitler analogy. They are both half-breeds who advocate pure blood and they are both crazy murdering sumbeeches. They've further decided that Cornelius Fudge=Neville Chamberlain and Albus Dumbledore=Winston Churchill.

Being a devout Churchillian, I won't go into the scores of points on where the analogy falls down except to say that Chamberlain actually advocated peace with the Germans. Fudge, in all of his stumbumblery never did that.

Following their proposed analogy through to its definite conclusion, I would say that Harry has to be America. The anointed young upstart who survived mostly unscathed after the first battle (WWI).

If Harry is America, the scar is probably Gary, Indiana.

1 Comments:

At 11:42 PM, June 28, 2005, Anonymous tom said...

That's too funny.

I know you probably don't like the Daily Show, but when I was at Mom and Dad's I caught a segment where Jon Stewart said that people making analogous connections to Hitler and Hitleronic metaphors demeaned the evilness of Hitler. He had specific examples like Phil Spector bemoaning about the LA District Attorney and it actually made sense.

"You know who's like Hitler... HITLER!!" or something to that effect.

 

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