Re: [mythsoc] Harry Potter, an 11 year old view
- There's a difference between mixed good/bad people and mixed moral
messages. _The Lord of the Rings_, for instance, has the former but not
the latter. "Good and evil have not changed since yesterday," Aragorn
says (approx. quote), "nor are they one thing among elves and dwarves and
another among men."
I've also seen a lot of fantasies that seem to have mixed moral messages
but black-and-white characters.
IMHO, it is more important for authors to show that their characters are
human, with flaws and less-than-pure desires and impulses, than to show
their postmodern (or whatever) sensibility by demonstrating that good and
bad are not absolute. At least for some readers, Tolkien and Lewis are
demonstrations that you can have absolute black-and-white moral messages
without rigid situations or cardboard characters.
- "David S. Bratman" wrote:
>You think there are Satanic references in Harry Potter? That's what
> I was writing pretty much like that when I was 11. And that's not
> boasting: I'm sure most of us here were.
> I don't think there's anything wrong with objecting to mixed moral
> messages and squeamy situations. The kid has a point. I followed him
> right up until he recommended Redwall. Oh well, nobody's perfect.
- In a message dated 8/4/00 1:10:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time, kare@...
<< You think there are Satanic references in Harry Potter? >>
Yeah, there are, but you got to look for them in the same way that people
look for messages in rock music. Look at the sixth sentence of the sixth
paragraph of the sixth chapter of the first book. (666 - get it?) Reading
backward from the end of the sentence and taking every sixth letter, you get
"All power to our Lord Satan. Sacrifice our parents on his altar." Using
techniques like this on other sections of the Harry Potter books, I've also
found "Paul is dead," "Turn me on, dead man," "I buried Paul," "Kilroy was
here," "Whazzup?," "Louie, Louie, me gotta go," "Who is Keyser Sose?," and
"Toynbee ideas in Kubrick's 2001, resurrect dead on planet Jupiter."
Am I the only one who's noticed this?
- In a message dated 8/5/00 12:07:43 PM Central Daylight Time,
> Look at the sixth sentence of the sixthWhy not the sixth book?
> paragraph of the sixth chapter of the first book. (666 - get it?)