Re: [mythsoc] Yet another HP article
- At 12:10 PM 3/29/2001 , Matt Winslow wrote:
>For the few who have not become tired of articles discussing HarryUnfortunately it doesn't hold up to that arresting beginning.
>Potter, here's one that starts out well:
First off, he appears to believe that Tolkien's model of sub-creation
requires an obviously "separate mythical world apart from our reality",
which Harry Potter's world is not, therefore it is not only inappropriate
to compare it to LOTR, he says that it's somehow deficient thereby ("the
nub of what's the matter with Harry"). Which amounts to criticizing the
Potter series for not being something it's not trying to be.
And if a sub-creation has to be a separate world, so much for the
sub-creational excellences of Charles Williams and a whole raft of
contemporary fantasists, then (including half the work of this year's
Mythcon GoH, Peter Beagle). And most fairy-stories, which feature everyday
people and settings of the times and places they were written.
He also states that LOTR "takes place in a world called Middle-Earth," as
if it were a different planet. It is not. It's essential to the success
of Tolkien's sub-creation that Middle-earth (small "e", if you're going to
present yourself as a Tolkien expert) be perceived as the mythical past of
Second, while he is excellent in observing the moral basis behind Tolkien's
writing, he is blind to that behind Rowling's and even scorns what he does
see. True, Rowling isn't in Tolkien's league in a sense of sorrowfulness
and loss (but why should she evoke identical emotions to Tolkien's? She's
writing a different story), but to the final question - would Harry and his
pals sacrifice anything for conscience and duty? - I think they not only
would, they already have.
Thirdly, he keeps calling LOTR a trilogy. Not very important, but it does
show one matter where he doesn't know what he's talking about.