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Foreign Policy Article Compares War with Voldemort to Current World Issues

Posted by: Mel
August 12, 2011, 07:44 PM

In a very cleverly written article sent to us by Leaky reader Valerie K., the end of the war with Voldemort as written by J. K. Rowling, is compared to current foreign policy issues facing the Muggle world today:

A legitimate process must hold the victors to account as well. Remember, under the ruthless Barty Crouch, the Ministry of Magic's Department of Magical Law Enforcement was itself formally authorized to use unforgivable curses, including torture, against suspected Death Eaters, and innocent suspects were imprisoned after what were essentially show trials. When the ministry came under Voldemort's sway, how many of its employees went along with the abuses it committed? What about the controversial decisions made by those who are widely seen as heroes, like Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore -- for, say, his use of child soldiers? What of Harry Potter himself, who once used the torture curse?

One way to address these challenges would be to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission modeled on the experience of Muggle South Africa. Rank-and-file Death Eaters and collaborators -- as well as those who fought against them -- would be given the opportunity to testify about their actions and be forgiven for those less serious offenses to which they fully and honestly confessed. Such a process would not only be cathartic, but would also help establish a more accurate and complete version of these traumatic events and could, in turn, become part of Hogwarts's curriculum. It would be important to ensure, however, that those who testify to such a commission tell the truth voluntarily, and not under the influence of Veritaserum.

You can read more of the article here. Many thanks to Valerie K. for sending this our way!

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2414 Points

wow… great metaphor!!!

Posted by ahaque521 on August 12, 2011, 08:08 PM report to moderator
59 Points

haha this is really clever! the best part is at the end though…“we would very much appreciate if someone would lift the Petrificus Totalus that someone has clearly placed upon the US Congress.” That would be nice! :)

Posted by bcfgrg on August 12, 2011, 08:49 PM report to moderator
69 Points only means that both worlds have same problems..^_^

Posted by moonfairychyn on August 12, 2011, 08:49 PM report to moderator
75566 Points

It does seem like the dementors are around.

Posted by Girlraven1 on August 12, 2011, 09:10 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

I could SO go on… But I shall exercise great self control…

Posted by Won_Two on August 12, 2011, 09:42 PM report to moderator
1921 Points

Priceless, with some wonderful quotes, especially the one bcfgrg noted.

Posted by izziewitch on August 12, 2011, 09:52 PM report to moderator
11118 Points

sissi told me that on a fb page they said they now know the reason why that stuff is happening to Britian- Voldomorts back!!!!!

Posted by ❤Haa~Chan❤ on August 12, 2011, 11:19 PM report to moderator
444 Points

I had the sense while reading the last four books especially that Rowling was drawing on past history as well as current events. Rather chlling, but I felt that it was a good way to raise awareness of many of the issues of governments in the minds of all of us and especially of young teens, and even children. I hope that some of those who read the books when they were quite young will someday re-read them to see the richness of all the Rowling put in the Harry Potter books. She was quite masterful in including so much about war, government, education systems and social issues without being preachy.

Posted by Eeyore on August 12, 2011, 11:43 PM report to moderator
748 Points

Just like what JK had point out in an interview, magic does not necessarily make the world a better place. Even with the assistance of magic, prejudice, stereotypes, hatred and misunderstanding still exists among society.

It is not something magic can help as it comes deep from humanity. After all, only the most powerful form of magic can parish such misery – love.

Posted by Gene *ROAR* on August 13, 2011, 03:37 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

wow… great metaphor!!!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on August 13, 2011, 05:03 AM report to moderator
686 Points

Nice Metaphor!

10471 Points

That’s what I love about Jo’s books! It’s not like a completely different sitaution, there are problems in the Wizarding and the muggle world, just phrased differently :)

Posted by . on August 13, 2011, 04:43 PM report to moderator
696 Points

I wrote a fanfiction that goes perfectly with this article!

Posted by Nwrosey on August 13, 2011, 05:30 PM report to moderator
696 Points

I wrote a fanfiction that goes perfectly with this article!

Posted by Nwrosey on August 13, 2011, 05:30 PM report to moderator

This was brilliant! Really enjoyable read. I have wondered what happened to the wizarding world in the years after Voldy was defeated and how all the issues would be handled. Very clever article:)

Posted by expectogirl on August 14, 2011, 11:59 AM report to moderator
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