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Jul. 1st, 2008 | 09:48 pm
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posted by: miyukiryuu in judgeme_sortme

As promised, I have a few new questions.
 17) What is your opinion on the Epilogue of the Deathly Hallows?
There have been alot of people in the fandom who have said that they really dislike the 'sappy' or 'happily ever after' ending and feel that it is anti-climatic, or a 'cop-out' or whatever. But actually, I think that it is really important. Although i'll admit, it is somewhat contrived, I think it is important to show that everything moves on. Yes, it is the same Harry who kissed the Snitch and whispered 'I am about to die'; yes it's the same Harry who sacrificed himself; yes it's the same man ( I think he's earned the title) who did all of those noble and heroic things, but the point is that everything changes, everything moves on. No matter what trauma or wars have happened in the past, there is always a renewal. Spring after the Winter. It is shown throughout the series that Harry never wanted any of his fame, power, or grandeur (It is those who have the mantle of power thrust onto them who find they wear it well ) and essentially he just wanted to be normal. And at the end, he gets his normality, and more importantly he gets a family. Both of which that little skinny boy staring into the Mirror of Erised, yearned for, longed for. I think it is perverse and pretty much ridiculous that people would want Harry to be any part the isolated and alone hero or anything like that. I think that Harry fully deserves his wish, and I think that the Epilogue was allright.
And anyway, it's Jo's character she can write whatever ending she likes, right? I don't think she fully deserves most of the criticism she gets to be honest. [debatable point here: does a fictional creature actually belong to it's creator, or does it belong to the people it influences, or does it exist as a separate entity, somewhere between flesh and the written word? I mean, Harry Potter has influenced an entire generation of readers, so wouldn't you say that the characters belong to those people? Its an interesting point.

18) In your opinion, could the series as a whole, or a particular aspect of the series be seen as a metaphor for anything?
Yes, actually. Recently I watched a speech given by Jo to Harvard University graduates- and she mentioned her work with Amnesty International [yes! Fantastic, that is so good] Anyway, given the context of her work with Amnesty International it could be argued that Harry Potter is in fact implicitly political, and although it is nominally a fantasy series, a work of fiction, as opposed to abstracting or obscuring reality, it gives the reader more clarity, and a deeper insight into the workings of society, and reality.

Quite apart from the explicit Aryan-esque overtones of pure-blood fanaticism in itself, there is also the issue of Blood Status, addressed directly in the Deathly Hallows. With Blood Status, anyone with vaguely Muggle heritage or blood, its immediately guilty untill proven innocent ( as shown in the scene with Umbridge and that poor woman, in the Ministry) and more or less demanded to show proof of their right to considered equal, human even. Now. In the context of  Amnesty Internationals' refugee and asylum work, a find deep parallels between the issue of Blood Status and UK citizienship. I really do.  Nowadays, more or less anyone of a vague Arabic heritage or Muslim background is much more likely to be suspected of a criminal offence- So, people or guilty untill proven innocent, simply by the shade of their skin. Its totally racsist, and wrong. I know it sounds exaggerated, but its totally true.Take that guy Menedes, Shot dead on the Tube, 5 bullets in his head. Why? Because he looked of Arabic/Asian descent and he had a  rucksack? Right. I think there was more to the situation than just that, but im taking that as an example.
Anyway, my point is that Blood Status, to me, seems inextricably linked with race, as in blood. It seems an obvious parallel to be drawn. People are demanded to give their reasons for seeking asylum in this country, or hell, in any developing country, and give proof  of their genuine claim and so on and are often rejected, even if that claim is genuine and justified. We are constantly reminded of the low status and worthlessness of 'Mudbloods' from more or less the beginning of the series- I think this goes to show how asylum seeker or refugees are regarded in society.
Anyway, I guess i'm rambling, but I really feel that it is a deeply important point that needs to be thought about because it is so totally relevant to our life and times, and maintaining freedom of speech and upholding human rights.

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from: unlikeothers
date: Jul. 3rd, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)

Fantastic questions and equally fantastic answers. I couldn't agree with you more on both. I'll do the questions in a minute but for here I want to say that you're right:

The Epilogue for me was the perfect (even if it was cheesy) ending. It's supposed to be nineteen years later so obviously he's not going to be the same person is he?!

There's definitely metaphors in there that parrallels the real world. I like that fact too because I've read it from being a child and I think that as you grow up you see the meaning and comparisons to the real world more and it makes you very aware of things. I find that a very good thing because it gives the children a better picture so the events in the real world aren't quite as shocking as they would be =)

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from: miyukiryuu
date: Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)

Yeah I agree! I grew up reading about Harry Potter, and I would agree that it has actuallt taught me alot about the way the world works. At the risk of sounding pretentious it really has helped me alot in the way that I look at the world..
Right! Im gonna go have a look at your answers now =]

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