: [Fwd: Bullying, DWJ, and Harry Potter...]

Rowland, Jennifer A B jennifer.rowland at imperial.ac.uk
Fri Jan 31 13:30:58 EST 2003


Hi Johanna, welcome.

> Has anyone else been disturbed by the whole house-elf
> thing? Like how it's treated like a big joke that Hermione 
> wants to get them better treatment--like just a nerdy Hermione-type thing 
> to do, that no one has to take seriously. And everyone goes on about how
the house
> elves are happy being treated the way they are, & such... echoes of
> American slavery rhetoric, anyone? 

Who was it on here who pointed out that a number of fantasy authors have
"happy slave races"? Mercedes Lackey's hertasi were another example. Once
you notice the dynamic it's creepy, isn't it. 
Katherine Kerr's Deverry books have a good touch- once or twice in the early
ones you get glimpses of "the serfs", as disregarded as slaves usually are
in fantasy. In a later book you see a city of people of serf "race",
descended from escapees, who distrust the protagonists because they are "the
slavers".
Jennifer
-- 
 but since an infinite number of monkeys and typewriters must have an
infinite mass, the experimental setup would instantly collapse into a very
hairy, ill-mannered black hole covered in metal and ink.  
nyra on afp
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