Harry Potter is the defining children’s book of the 20th and 21st Centuries and perhaps the most recognized book series of all time. Harry Potter is a multi-billion dollar brand. Spanning movies, books, theme parks, university classes and sports team to food and beverages, Harry Potter is basically inescapable in the West. Everyone from elementary school kids to parents to grandparents knows Harry Potter and his story. Not even Star Wars has cultivated a fandom such as this.
Despite being a children’s book written for kids, and about kids, it has even become a source of inspiration for those who are in the #resistance against Trump. All across the U.S., it is possible to find examples of people comparing the Republicans and Trump to various characters in the series, usually Dementors or Voldemort. The comparisons are everywhere with Broad City planning on doing a “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” thing with Trump on their new season and bleeping out his name, which keep in mind was actually a BAD thing in to do in the books. People have talked about forming Dumbledore’s Armies to fight Trump through posting or whatever. Even J.K. Rowling has gotten into the mix tweeting about various things her fictional children’s book characters would do if they could vote.
Having Corey Lewandowski on tv to talk candidly about Trump is like having a Death Eater on tv to talk candidly about Voldemort.— Jason Pinter (@jasonpinter) June 9, 2017
All this is batshit insane. Harry Potter is for children. It has the moral compass of a 5-year old. Literally everyone, including the children characters can be defined as good or bad. Even the “morally complex” characters are only one secret away from being made completely and wholly morally good. Moral goodness or its lack thereof is seemingly passed down from generation to generation, as evidenced by family histories of being put into the same house. “Love” is the answer to every trial our hero faces. And our hero never fails. Never. The biggest challenges he faces are in sports.
Clearly, no one should be taking any real-life lessons from Harry Fucking Potter. And yet it continues to happen day-after-day. And look I get it. I’ve read the series multiple times. I own a box set of the DVDs and the books. I’ll probably read the whole thing again soon. But it’s not a guide to how to live your life. It’s a children’s book. You don’t see anyone basing their life decisions off what the heroes of Redwall did.
So remember, Harry Potter is for children. Don’t aspire to be a Hagrid or whatever. Just work on being a fucking normal human being.