Harry Potter in the post-9/11 and 7/7 World
Jul 21, 2005
Slate Magazine this week features an article exploring how the series resonates in the post-9/11 and post-7/7 world. The article contains some spoilers for the plot of HBP, and the reporter notes:
In 1998, when the first Harry Potter book came out, Voldemort was a fantastical villain, a symbol of evil in the abstract. Today, however, as we substitute for our abstract fear of Voldemort the very real fear we’ve felt in our own immolated cities, the new book resonates in ways that the old ones have not.
Don’t read the article unless you’re willing to see lines from HBP, though.