Saturday, April 17, 2010


Megan, I think the YAAAB is an excellent idea. However, as a reader of Rowling's HP series I found it disturbing that much of her final book, Deathly Hallows, appeared to condone/excuse bullying and manipulative behavior as long as it was done by "heroic" characters such as James, Sirius, Dumbledore, and Harry himself. I was a designated HP expert at the Borders where I worked until retirement, and have discussed this issue extensively on blogs with other adult HP fans who are concerned about what lessons some kids may have taken away from DH.

The Prince case, as you know, just became even more horrific, if possible, with SLATE publishing a character attack on the victim, apparently aimed at mitigating the behavior of the bullies and school officials. Most disturbing is that the SLATE piece's author obviously expected to find an audience receptive to the implication that Phoebie "deserved it". (Because she existed?)