Few days ago I watched one of the last parts of Harry Potter series: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I”. I was so excited about this, because of all the parts I haven’t seen the last two movies ( now only the last). Yes, I can admit that I really like Harry Potter books and movies.
So, I watched the movie, and I have to say that in this part one thing caught my attention. And to be honest I’ve heard from one person about this thing long ago, but back then I thought: “No way that’s so not true!”. Yet, it is true.
And that thing is the issue of nationalism issue. Nationalism in a Magical world? Yup! You see in Harry Potter story we have two very different world: magical world where all the wizards live in and normal world, as we know it where all the ordinary people – Muggles – live in. And that’s where nationalism issue begins its existence.
Wizards and witches, especially from old wizard families, mostly graduates of Slytherine are pretty negative about those wizards who come mixed families (when one parent is a wizard and another a Muggle), or even worse – Muggle- borns, who are invited to study in Hogwarts. And that’s where the hate and problem of nationalism starts to rise.
Muggle – born wizards,or half- blood wizards they aren’t true, real wizards. It means they’re not as good as pure- bloods, they’re worse. Doesn’t this whole thing remind you of something? Let’s say something from our past, that happened about 70 years ago?
Word War II. That’s right. It’s the same issue, only difference Harry Potter is fiction and the war really happened. But during the war this nationalism problem and this horror of ethnic cleaning was so clear and terrible, that even today we’re talking about these things using it as an example that it should never be repeated. That no matter to what ethnic group or nationality people belong, they cannot be killed just because of that.
Let’s get back to the movie. So, in this Harry Potter part we can observe how Voldemort got all the power in his hands and started his black work. The evil forces of his began to persecute those wizards and witches, who we’re not pure- blood ones. All this OUR nation and THEIR, meaning that WE are the good ones and THEY are the bad ones, lower caste, not worth of living in OUR society is the clearest example of nationalism and how it functions.
You don’t have to be a history professor or be the expert of Nazis regime or World War II to tell that exactly the same thing happened with Jewish. Nazis brought up this whole “Aryan” theory, that they are pure- blood ones, the real German people, and Jewish people aren’t, and we all know what happened next. The term “Holocaust” I think is clear for everyone
So, when you know some things, you get the ability to notice them even in fictional reality. Why would a writer create this kind of fictional society? I don’t know. I don’t think that J. K. Rowling’s main goal was to re-create a Nazi’s regime in books about Harry Potter. I think she showed up things as they are in the real life. I mean, we all know and understand that to hate someone just because of his skin color is a decent reason. Actually, it’s not a reason at all. But there still is a lot of those who behave exactly that way. And it’s sad.
There are plenty of those who think that their nation is cooler, better that the other. If even if he thinks of it as a joke or stereotype, it’s still sad. Because, you know, hate can rise from there as well. So, I suppose I want to say that maybe J. K. Rowling made this parallel with the intention to show that the issues of nationalism aren’t gone. They still exist. Sadly.
Is it good that she wrote about them? Sure! There’s a vital need to talk about these things, especially nowadays, when there’s so much hate around us. Is it good that she wrote about these things in books that are widely popular among children? Of course! Children have to learn about these things, especially that these are wrong. And Rowling showed us that are wrong. It is one of the examples how literature ( in this specific case a movie, which is a movie adaptation) teaches us what is good and bad.