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The Banning And Censorship Of Harry Potter

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The Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling, is about a young boy who finds out he is a wizard and uses his magic powers to vanquish evil. The series is currently the target of many protestors, as they scrutinize and penalize the books for their creative and imaginative topics. Ranging from education to religion, protestors' reasoning's behind theses attacks have sparked nationwide debates. Everything from censorship to book burning, protesting and pulling theses books from school shelves, have been done to outlaw the Potter series. Elizabeth D. Schafer, author of "Harry and History", summarizes how these controversies stem forth and how she disagrees with the protests against the Potter series. Censorship of the Harry Potter books is a vain attempt to maintain control and power over citizens as their rights and freedom of choice is being severely violated by forbidding the viewing of certain sources of entertainment.

Schafer believes the attacks on the Harry Potter series are outlandish and irrational. The article further states that Rowling, the author of the series, is being mocked and condemned for her wild fantasies that occur in the stories. According to the article, the protestors of this series imitate the book burners of the past who once condemned Mark Twain's, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and J. D. Salinger's, Catcher in the Rye. They believed the characters of Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield were negative characters with bad habits they did not want their children to imitate, using slang and racist language.

The article details the problems parents have with the Potter series in saying that magic is appalling, Potter's anti-family behavior was impeding on family values, and children may become easily influenced by the bad examples set forth by the novels. Shafer also believes that censorship had remained latent until the late 1980's election of President Ronald Reagan. She states that around that time protestors first began to openly publicize their opinions on their children's reading materials. Protestors had even gone as far as to remove the material from required reading lists. These targeted books had been labeled a danger to their children by the protestors.

Based on evidence set forth by the article it is plain to see why Schafer is understandably against censorship and book burning, specifically the Harry potter series. The problems today with the Harry Potter books are irrational and those who made the allegations should not be taken too seriously. First, parents called the books magical elements "taboos", saying that such topics can cause children to believe in false supernatural elements and that the children were no longer simply indulging in fantasy, but rather getting it confused with reality as well. This could be confusing for children who are taught to indulge in fantasy, but find themselves restricted to certain...

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