The irony of Harry Potter is that it’s essentially a series about oppression and the desperate measures the oppressed takes to overthrow the oppressors. Particularly, racial oppression, where a league of ‘pure bloods’ seek to eradicate ‘mudbloods’ and exact horrifying means of torture and death to anyone who defies them. This is a story about how things you can’t control can segregate you to a lesser caste and those who are born pure of blood have a better life and more social privilege. The story of Harry Potter isn’t much different than the story of America itself, the emotions of frustration, desperation, daring, triumph, failure, courage and heroism isn’t much different than those who ran the Underground Railroad. Harry Potter is ironic because it’s a story about the experiences of people of color that made millions of dollars and gained universal popularity without actually having to involve any people of color in the actual story telling.
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This is said like it’s a bad thing. But racism is a big issue, so big that it can be hard for people (especially children) to understand. And things like Harry Potter make it more accessible to these people. It teaches them about these issues in a much more interesting and understandable way than a history text book. I don’t see why that’s a bad thing.
Also, please remember that Harry Potter is a British book. I doubt JK thought ‘I know, I’ll base my kids book that I came up with whilst idly day dreaming, around a historical event, that happened in a different country, which I’ve probably not heard of, or know very little about. How about the Underground Railway?’
Whilst Harry Potter may remind you of ‘the story of America itself’ but it isn’t that. Not even close.