Foreign Policy Article Compares War with Voldemort to Current World Issues


Aug 12, 2011

Posted by Mel

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!

19 Responses to Foreign Policy Article Compares War with Voldemort to Current World Issues

Avatar Imageahaque521 says: wow... great metaphor!!!Avatar Imagebcfgrg says: 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! :)Avatar Imagemoonfairychyn says: only means that both worlds have same problems..^_^Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: It does seem like the dementors are around.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I could SO go on... But I shall exercise great self control...Avatar Imageizziewitch says: Priceless, with some wonderful quotes, especially the one bcfgrg noted.Avatar Imagetom legolas says: sissi told me that on a fb page they said they now know the reason why that stuff is happening to Britian- Voldomorts back!!!!!Avatar ImageEeyore says: 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.Avatar ImageGene L. says: 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.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: wow… great metaphor!!!Avatar ImageHermione_Rules says: Nice Metaphor!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Very nice article!Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: 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 :)Avatar Imagenwrosey says: I wrote a fanfiction that goes perfectly with this article! Avatar Imagenwrosey says: I wrote a fanfiction that goes perfectly with this article! Avatar Imageexpectogirl says: 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:)Avatar Imageprofessor_potter says: What an interesting metaphor! I thought it was bloody brilliant!! I never would have thought of that, but it makes so much sense. The Wizarding world and the Muggle do have things in common.Avatar ImageWildIce43 says: Which proves that Jo an write one hell of a contemporary allegory!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Very interesting! She is very smart! Harry Potter can be related to so many world issues, including the Holocaust.

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