It’s books you read when you’re young, that stay with you always.
~ J.K. Rowling ~
I’m trying to refrain from doing too many posts about Trump, because let’s face it, we’re stuck with him for at least four years. When I saw the interview he gave to Michael Gove of the Times of London over the weekend though, I knew I had to share this part of it.
Wait…What? I immediately wanted to go to the nearest wall and start banging my head against it. How do you even form a rational response to this? Well thankfully, J.K. Rowling tweeted out a perfect one this morning.
J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling)
Heroes? Me. Because I’m innately awesome, and you can’t learn this, but a bit my dad, who must have been kinda okay, cos he made me.
A new study written by Professor Diana Mutz reports that American fans of the Harry Potter series not only have a lower opinion of Trump, but also finds that the books the participants read, the greater the effect. Even when factoring in political party affiliation, gender, education level, religion, and social class–all factors that are known to predict how Americans view the Republican nominee–the Harry Potter effect remained the same. When you think about it, it’s not really shocking, as Trump’s values and political views are the the antithesis of the themes of love, tolerance, and opposition to authoritarianism that are so prevalent in the books. Sadly, despite this fascinating study, in the end it’s doubtful that getting Trump supporters to read Rowling’s series would miraculously change their minds and convince them to vote for Hillary Clinton, but one can always dream!
While almost every day brings some new, cringe-worthy utterance from He Who Must Not Be Named, I thought J.K. Rowling said something that bears worth repeating during her speech last night at the 2016 PEN Literary Award Gala in NYC. Making a plea for tolerance she said:
His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine.
So, while many of us find his words repugnant and morally reprehensible, it’s important that he continues to have the right to say them. That said, we have the right not to listen.
Next Friday, Oct. 31 if you go on Pottermore.com there will be a 1,700 word backstory featuring our favorite evil Witch with a fondness for the color pink, cute cuddly kittens, and torturing children. Just be warned though. When Jo released her last short story this past July which featured Harry, Ron, and Hermione attending a World Quidditch Cup match, so many people logged on to the site that it crashed. So be patient.
Here’s a great illustration of me right now:
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