abhillel at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 20 05:29:55 EDT 2000
You can tell just how DWJ feels about the particular brand of school
literature that's full of ripping scrum, and the sort of people who try to
emulate it and get overinvolved in the little world of their school, from
Hildy's virtually incomprehensible letter in "Crown of Dalemark".
The banning of Harry Potter actually reminds me a lot of the banning of the
Oz books earlier this century. The notorious quote about why "The Wizard of
Oz" was banned by one librarian, is because "they encourage a cowardly
attitude to life", whatever that means. I've also read that some christians
opposed them because of the concept of a "good witch". To them, a witch is
necessarily a person who signed a contract with the devil, and describing
anyone who signed a contract with the devil as "good" will Corrupt Our
Children. Please note though, fifty years later you can pick up a copy of
"The Wizard of Oz" more or less anywhere, and I hope the same will be true
for Harry Potter. By the way, I am positive that the same people who banned
Harry Potter would be vehemently opposed to DWJ's books.
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