Posts from 21st July 2007

Jul 07

Harry Pooter

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This is an expanded version of a reply to Mark S during a LiveJournal conversation about the Harry Potter books. It was written before the final book was published.

Magic in the HP books is really unlike magic in almost any other novels (kids’ or otherwise) in that it’s used, by and large, simply to recreate the “mugglish” life the wizards can’t join in with. So you have wizard banks, wizard shops, wizard GCSEs and A-Levels: the amazing world of magic promised at the start of book one turns out to be a funnified version of the “real world” – and as the series goes on not even that: you realise that the wizards are actually recreating stuff like job anxiety, bureaucracy, petty jealousies and professional rivalries as well as the school and administrative systems of Muggle-land.