Harry Potter: Good or Evil? Essay

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Harry Potter: Good or Evil?

Throughout adolescents, a child is taught to use his or her imagination. A child is read stories of a talking cat or a silly old bear while still young and naïve. The child is read such stories to encourage use of his or her creativity. The ideas of such characters are for pure amusement and are obviously fictional. Unfortunately, today there are issues of censorship that stifle a person’s creativity. The most recent book being criticized by censors is J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Censors claim that the reading of such novels encourages witchcraft, and therefore should be banned. Although critics of the Harry Potter series are well intentioned in their ideas of banning this novel in schools, the
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Dominic Schmidt, a father writes:

The manipulation, lying, violence and rebellion in Harry Potter books are without a doubt unfit for young minds that don’t have a strong safety net at home. This book series has the same sugarcoating used by the alcohol and tobacco industries and, for that matter, your local drug pusher, as well as the clever marketing that the publishing companies use to lure us into thoughtless choices—many with lifelong consequences (Schmidt).

Rather than the Harry Potter books being “unfit,” it is one of the best influences a child without “a strong safety net at home” can have. When a child is engulfed in a fantasy story, he or she uses their imagination to travel to another word, where all troubles are left behind. The Harry Potter series uses descriptive writing to tell a story of pictures that move, the enchanted castle of Hogwarts, and a wonderful sport called Quidditch.

Harry unwrapped his Chocolate Frog and picked up the card. It showed a man’s face. He wore half-moon glasses, had a long, crooked nose, and flowing silver hair, beard and mustache. Underneath the picture was the name Albus Dumbledore…Harry turned the card back over and saw, to his astonishment, that Dumbledore’s face had disappeared. ‘He’s gone!’ ‘Well you can’t expect him to hang around all day,’ said Ron. ‘He’ll be back…’ ‘But in,
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