I felt a tad hypocritical writing this new article, since just last week I proclaimed myself sick of all the bitter Harry Potter haters. And indeed, I’m a big fan of the books, having stayed inside all day Sunday to finish my copy of Deathly Hallows with the plan of writing an article about the series’ politics. I wasn’t sure what my thesis would be as I sat down to begin outlining yesterday, but as I gathered evidence from the parts of the story that seemed the most politically and culturally interesting, I found myself realizing that although the books are anti-violence and anti-authoritarian, there’s a powerful current of social conservatism running through them. As I write in the piece, I think this is mostly due to fantasy’s inherently conservative vision, and J.K. Rowling‘s tendency to hew rather closely to the classical rules of the fantasy genre.
Hope the article stirs up some debate, so let me know what you think!