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Friday, October 26, 2007

 
Harry Potter And The Leftly Hallows

French philosopher Jean-Claude Milner thinks so, but I can't tell from this article what his rationale is.

He does state that Hogwarts is "a form of opposition to the values of the profit-seeking market economy," but he must be reading some parallel-universe J. K. Rowling. This is the same Hogwarts that served as the proving ground for Fred and George Weasley's joke-shop capitalist venture - for which Harry Potter happened to provide capital.

One has to grasp at straws to find a lot of political messages in the Harry Potter books - although the idea of boarding school children carrying loaded weaponry to class isn't exactly a hallmark of the left...

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