Steve Nagy (stevenagy) wrote,
Steve Nagy

This Just Drives Me Crazy

Another parent who hasn't read the Harry Potter books wants the school district her children attend to ban the books.

According to an article in the Gwinnett Daily Post, Laura Mallory, a mother of four, admits she has not read the book series because "they're really very long and I have four kids." She then goes on to say "I've put a lot of work into what I've studied and read. I think it would be hypocritical for me to read all the books, honestly. I don't agree with what's in them. I don't have to read an entire pornographic magazine to know it's obscene."

Now, I don't have a problem with her voicing a complaint. That's her right as a taxpayer and under the First Amendment. But for her to say she's put a lot of work into the matter and studied it--without reading the books, because they're long, and because she has four kids--just makes my blood boil.

One of the scenes that made me appreciate the Potter books, and believe they're appropriate for my children, was one of the later scenes in the first book, when Neville Longbottom stands up to Harry, Ron and Hermione, refusing to buckle to peer pressure and stands up for the rules set down by their teachers. Of course, Hermione freezes him and the children continue with their adventure--but it's Neville's actions that push their class ahead to win the school cup. Tell me, how is that a bad example for children? It's not the witchcraft and wizardy that's important here, as Mallory maintains in the Gwinnett paper. It's my opinion, but I think this is the best scene in the first book.
Tags: book banning, first amendment
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