Censorship is a “Harry” issue

By Jake Mokris
Teen Takeover staff
It’s easy to be cavalier about some issues, especially important ones. Censorship is one of those issues. In debates about censorship, statements like these abound: “This book corrupts our children.

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2 Responses to Censorship is a “Harry” issue

  1. Nathan says:

    I have a lot to say on this subject, but I’ll keep it short: do it to your kids, as you’re the parent, but telling the general public is a complete violation of freedom. If these people would actually read Harry, they’d find a plethora of morals in it. Don’t believe me? Check out “What Our Favorite Hero Teaches Us About Morals.”

  2. Raine says:

    I have very, very much to say on this subject, but as above, I will keep mine very short also.
    If these parents would read the Harry Potter books, perhaps if they had at least a minor significant intelligence, they would understand that the protagonist uses magic for good. And even so, it is never encouraged in the books that witchcraft should be tried out in real life; and even if children did test out such witchcraft, nothing would consequently happen. If anyone picked up a stick and yelled a Latin verse, nothing would happen; are these parents, perhaps, afraid that something might? And if this is the case, then it is not the books we should be worried about, but the parents’ perception of possibility and even faith.
    As such, I provide a counterexample to the statement that Harry Potter is one of the sole bad influences in children’s pop culture. I am hazarding a guess that nearly every child is familiar with the Disney film “The Little Mermaid.” Whilst it is a touching story and, I suppose, a ‘classic’, the underlying theme of it is almost despicable. Young Ariel sells her soul to Ursula for legs. Were children ever in a situation, such as a kidnapping, where an adult offered them candy so that they could ride in their car, they could possibly be persuaded that it will end happily and they will marry a prince. This, I am afraid, is a most unlikely outcome of said situation.
    I really could go on and on in an argument, but seeing as the writer complies with me, I think this is enough.
    Great article, by the way. (:

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