Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Ministry of Dark Tales

             In the book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," by J.K. Rowling, Harry and his friends reveal a lot of issues in the world while traveling all over that are relevant to issues that happen in the real world. One of the big things that a lot of flaws are shown is the government (The Ministry of Magic). The parts where it is brought up in the book I think J.K. Rowling is trying to say that things are down falling in the wizarding world and it then also says something about our government and society without blaming, but making you read through the lines.
             An example from the text is on page 243, " 'You realize that I am on my way downstairs to interrogate your wife, Cattermole? In fact, I'm quite surprised you're not down there holding her hand while she waits. Already given her up as a bad job, have you? Probably wise. Be sure and marry a pureblood next time.' " Here it shows people with higher power in the government taking advantage of other people with their power. He is also a deatheater who now works for the government which isn't good because then it is showing that other bad people are gaining power over the lower people and taking over. I find this type of act disgusting because you are supposed to be trusted and good and here is threatening someone with his authority if the man doesn't help him. This also gives me a cold feeling inside because I am scared of what he might do to this man's wife and with the deatheaters taking over people won't have any chance of doing something not permitted by these villains.
             All of the issues that the government and wizarding world face in this book are very representative of our current problems. Using power to control and threaten people is one thing that definitely does happen in real life. There are many stories that are brought up on the news of where someone with a lot of power would get someone to do something for them by saying who they are and maybe even forcing them into doing it. Also, not necessarily in America, another issue that I have heard about in our world is overtaking/overthrowing governments. One real example is where people overthrew government power in Libya and when taking notes on government in Harry Potter it kept on popping up in my head because of such close similarities. I think J.K. Rowling made intentional choices to bring up issues that really do happen with government, racism, and other topics to say how she sees it going on.


  1. muy interesante, senor. The issues of power, trust and responsibility are HUGE. we should discuss this more.

  2. gracias señora Robbinyas. I think it is giving ideas of how it is in our world because there were times when people struggled against the immense power of government and I feel it is happening yet again with things like protesting at Wall Street because the big corporate people and government are so big over us.

    1. Very interesting Jeremy....
      Muy beuno lololol

    2. I completely agree with you Jeremy, its the BIGGER people with more power on what the smaller people do. And thats kind of the way government works. But its when the BIGGER people make them selves even BIGGER and minimize the smaller people! Its as if, when your not in the circle you cant get an idea in either!

  3. Great job! You made an interesting point and I like that you connected it to the revolution in Libya. Sometimes the government does take advantage of its power in order to rule a country. The government also makes many bad choices (along with some good ones too)!