Foreign Policy Magazine: “Post-Conflict Potter”
When fantasies take place in the real world, they often ignore the likely consequences of the dramatic wonders they portray.
That wasn’t true in Son of Kong, the sequel to King Kong. It picks up weeks after the events in the iconic first movie…with the man who brought Kong to New York subject to crushing lawsuits.
Law and the Multiverse is a great blog that has lawyers looking at the legal issue of what superheroes and supervillains do, subjecting them to real interpretations and citing the law to back up their opinions. (Caution: here be spoilers)
What about Harry Potter?
After all, a lot of the mayhem takes place in the Muggle world…was anybody ever in danger not of going to Azkaban, but under the control of Her Majesty’s Prison Service?
Now, Foreign Policy Magazine approaches the post-conflict world of Harry Potter:
The four-decade old magazine presents this piece as thought they are part of the wizarding world. They use it to talk about some real world issues. I recommend you read it…I think it’s going to be a remembered article for some time.
I don’t want to take much away from it. I will say that the point about Hogwarts and the rest of the magical world needing media diversification made a lot of sense. 🙂
They do get a little too political for my tastes, naming actual politicians. I think that detracts from what would otherwise be a thoughtful, context-neutral exploration.
Regardless, I found it well worth reading, and I think many (but not all) of you will as well.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.